I had the most wonderful time preparing for my first ever ceremony - a naming ceremony for a lovely young family, celebrating the first birthday of their son.
When I met them for their planning meeting, he was not too impressed at my visit and decided to stay in bed for his afternoon nap, and as a woman of a certain age, I can't say as I blamed him - afternoon cat naps are a vital necessity in my household!
Mum, Dad and I spent a couple of hours chatting about their family life, what a character he had and their hopes and dreams for his future. The theme was to be Peter Rabbit and the gift they had chosen to give a personalised gift of The Peter Rabbit Little Guide To Life Book. This beautifully illustrated book will encourage good manners, morals and common sense and even covered the finer skills a little chap about town may require as he gets older, such as good housekeeping and entertaining guests!
It was a beautifully sunny day when we arrived at the venue, Nettle Hill, in Coventry. The leaves on the trees had just starting to open around the decking area and it was going to be a warm and sunny spring day and the decked area was dressed so prettily for the outdoor naming ceremony. Preperations of food and toys and bouncy castles for the children, where well underway.
Luckily, Little Henry was awake and happy for his special day! I quickly got over my nerves and took a deep breath for the 80 or so guests staring straight at me - no pressure then!
I had nothing to worry about. The ceremony was truely lovely, the readings chosen were "A Parent's Wish" read by Henry's Mum - which set us both off and resulted in tears and giggles, as we'd promised to avoid eye contact, to avoid me tearing up, if Mum had started to cry at any point during the proceedings! "Your're so special"by Astra Barton, which was read by one of his "Fairly Odd-Parents" and I finished with "Wishing You Many Smiles"
The Parents and Supporting Adults vows were fantastic and so personal, full of promises to love, protect, guide and cherish this much loved little boy.
I came away from the ceremony skipping with happiness, what an amazing way to welcome a child into its community?! With such love and care, the power of the emotions being expressed, really does hit you in the feels.
As we drove away, I must admit, it brought a little tear of happiness to my eye, what a privilege to be able to do this kind work and witness the joy and happiness between parents and child and the close bond it brings to their wider family!