Monday, 17 August 2009

Me - cynical? Never

I have to admit that I was somewhat sceptical when we were invited to attend a Naming Ceremony last weekend. I'm not really opposed to them - I just didn't really see the point. If you're not religious then why bother with anything? But I have to say, it was a very enjoyable experience.

After the service, we all went outside for a picnic and to put the time capsule together (ah, now the scepticism becomes clearer). The invite had made it clear that presents were not wanted - instead every attendee had to donate one item that they felt was 'of the moment'. The plan is to give the capsule to said child on his 18th birthday. Yup, I rolled my eyes slightly at this too, but the donations were brilliant - a real range of ideas. Our donation was a Michael Jackson biography. Other items included magazines, a bottle of wine, DVD sets, information about the latest HD technology from Sky (I bet he'll laugh when he sees that in 18 years time - a bit like someone telling us cassette tapes were once cutting edge) and an NHS leaflet about swine flu. Genius!

Overall, it was a great opportunity to get together with friends and celebrate a new life. And, having experienced one, I definitely think this shouldn't only be reserved for people with a more religious take on life. Even better - there's no false pretence about the motive behind the ceremony. What more could you ask for? Roll on the next one, please...

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