Saturday 20 January 2018

First person: In loco parentis for hire

When it comes to godparents, Julia Molony has drawn the short straw in every sense of the word, it seems

Julia Molony
Julia Molony

The subject of godchildren came up over dinner. A quick round-the-table tally followed, and it soon became clear that I was the only one present who remained unburdened by the duty of the spiritual guidance of a minor.

My friend M has already clocked up five of the things. She is also, by a long stretch, the closest among us to being actually famous. I don't think it's a coincidence. New parents are a pretty canny lot. Most are well aware that celebrities and captains of industry make the best godparents. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

Having a godparent who is a household name is as good as being born into royalty - there's still plenty of leeway to mess things up, life-wise, but you can never say you weren't given the best chance.

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