Guideparents: The atheist answer to godparents

I don't talk about religion much- mostly because I don't have a religion. I am an atheist. No, I wasn't born this way. I was raised Catholic. In fact, my husband is the only person I've ever met who was raised atheist from birth. Finding him was very exciting.

Anyway, I've been thinking about religion more than usual. The reason? Godparents. Several of my friends have had babies in the past 2-3 years. Tara of Sincere Mommy just welcomed her second! Tara's children have godparents. I, too, have godparents. I did not give them up when I gave up believing in God.

Christening present for godmother godfather tall wine glass and beer stein

My godfather's name is Mike. I think I'm closer to him than ever thanks to Facebook, our guitar collections, and photography. I honestly don't know where "Auntie" Donna is these days (my godparents have no relation to one another.) Still, she was a super-important influence in my youth. 

Mike was a police chief. Auntie Donna was my preschool teacher. These  (Continue reading...)

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