I’m the Godfather…in St. Louis
I was very fortunate during my time in Japan to have some great friends in Rabbi Carnie and Paulie Rose.
After we all returned to the US, we kept in touch.
Thirteen years ago, after the birth of their 3rd child, they asked if the NFO and I would be the Godparents to their son.
Now, the concept of “Godparents” is not super common about members of the tribe, so I asked what he meant.
He explained that it was important to him that each of his kids would have a non-parent adult whom they knew their parents trusted, but were not their parents and of whom they could ask questions, seek advice, etc.
That did make a lot of sense to me, so I agreed…on one condition.
“What’s that?” Carnie asked.
“The kid has to call me ‘Godfather.’”
And he does.