From Church Times 28th May
Sunday Lunch was interrupted by a phone call.
“My sister needs her baby christening NOW!” the caller
urgently informed me.
I dashed round to the address, and found a plump
baby bouncing on her mother’s knee, surrounded by a sea of toys,
discarded nappies and teething rings, in the rudest of health,
definitely not knocking on limbo’s door.
Neither mother nor aunt showed any signs of
imminent demise nor hell-fire conversion; so, after half an hour of
failing to find any evidence whatsoever why they were in such a rush,
I gently asked why the baptism needed to be so soon.
“Why, it’s the christening gown,” the
mother explained, as if stating the obvious.
"It’s a family heirloom, and if she puts any more weight on,
we’ll never get her into it.”
“Diary” by Revd David Wilbourne, Vicar of