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January 07, 2005
Education Rap

I am an erratic present giver to those to whom I should be giving regular presents, but this Christmas, Goddaughter II got lucky, and received four books from me by a favourite writer of hers, Cathy Hopkins.

I didn't get much of a chance to look at these books before they went off to Goddaughter II's home in the South of France, but I did, in this book, come across this, the work of the book's heroine:


That is a scan of a hasty (hence rather wonky round the edges) photocopy. Nevertheless, the sentiments are clear.

I'm pretty sure that this is how Goddaughter II feels about things too.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:33 PM
Category: Books

I am interested to hear that you have a Goddaughter. I think I recall that you are an atheist and have poured a certain amount of scorn on religion from time to time. Doesn't being a Godparent involve making all kinds of strongly religious declarations in church about looking after the child's spiritual welfare. It is probably a little impertinent of me to ask but how did you reconcile all of this with your atheism (if I am right to so assume)?

Comment by: Paul Coulam on January 10, 2005 04:01 PM


Hi - if I mention that I'm a Godfather, and in other circumstances an atheist, then I say your questions are entirely fair, and I am happy to answer them.

I didn't get embroiled in any ceremony, although the family is more Christian than I am. So I guess the position is, from the religious point of view, unofficial. I don't talk to GD2 about religion unless asked, which is not often, and then it's: well, this is my opinion blah blah. I try to be polite.

What I like is the connection with the family, and the certainty that the GD has someone outside the family who cares about her in particular, as opposed to just the family generally. I do try to give regular presents, and I do occasionally volunteer advice.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on January 10, 2005 11:46 PM
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