How old were you when you first became a godparent?

@richiem (3647)
Philippines
October 8, 2008 3:45am CST
I first became a godfather last June 2008. I was 22 years old at that time. They say having godchildren is lucky. When you have a lot of grandchildren, they say you will be lucky with money. Maybe it's because you need a lot of money to give them gifts during Christmas and birthdays. Now, I only have one granddaughter. Maybe that is why I am not rich yet. How old were you when you first became a godparent?
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34 responses
• Indonesia
9 Oct 08
it has been years ago. i don't exactly remember, maybe when i was 20 or 21 years all. i still studied in college in that time. i almost refused as i thought we have to get married already to be eligible for being a godfather. he is my friend's youngest brother, and he cannot think of anyone else but me i felt nervous when the ceremony was being done. i feel like michael corleone being the godfather of his nephew/niece? that's the only time i became a godfather. it's said that being a godfather is not only for ceremonial purpose. we godfathers and godmothers are to take care of spiritual growth of our godchildren. i don't know, i never meet him anylonger, as i move to another city.
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@diansinta (7554)
• Indonesia
9 Oct 08
Godparents? is "Ayah Baptis" right? Awsome story sutanhartanto!
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• Indonesia
9 Oct 08
wakakakak, dian sinta, thanks for your compliment that's not awesome at all. it's just he couldn't find another godfather so he chose me LOL. you know, if there is no rattan, its root is ok.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I heard something about taking care of the spiritual growth of our godchildren. But I think it is not really the what is happening (although some may really be doing it). I live far from my goddaughter and I don't think I really can take care of her spiritual growth. Have a nice day!
• United States
9 Oct 08
I am not a Godparent. Being a Godparent is a huge responsibility. You are responsible for making sure they know all about God and that you are a good role model. I don't think I am ready for that.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I don't know about this idea. So that is why it is called "godparent". We don't really apply that in our country. But godparents stand as second parents to their godchildren in guiding them while growing up. And one of the responsibilities of a godparent is giving gifts during Christmas and birthdays. Have a nice day!
• United States
9 Oct 08
So being a "Godparent" doesn't even involved church there? Here you go to church and the child is baptized and the Godparents are announced. That is interesting about your country.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Yes, we also go to church when the child was baptized and the Godparents were announced. I think the Priest said something about teaching the child about God. But it is really the responsibility of the parents. Godparents are just there to guide them.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Are you a Godparent or a Grandparent? they are to different things. A Grandparent is already part of the family while a Godparent can be anyone the parents choose. To be a Grandparent you have to have a child old enough to have children or be married to someone who had such a child. I think we have had this conversation before and it's my guess that the old English language is messing you up. It is not the most precise of languages.
@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Sorry for not being precise. I am really referring to being a godparent in this discussion. My apologies. It was too late when I discovered that I have typed "grandfather" instead of "godfather". And you know we cannot edit our post here. I will be more careful next time. Have a nice day!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
9 Oct 08
I was about 10 the first time I was named Godparent and I felt very responsible for that child and still do after 50 years.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I think 10 yrs old is very young to be a godparent.
@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I guess I was 15 back then. A friend of my dad asked me if I could be a godparent to his child. I accepted the offer. Now I already have 4 godchildren. Many of my childhood friends are already married. I am expecting more godchildren to come.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
That would be nice! If it is really true that we get lucky with number of godchildren we have, you should be very very lucky. Have a nice day!
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I was only seventeen years old then. And my first godchild is already in college. OMG, am I that old? lol But since then I became a godmother almost every year.
@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
They say once to became a godparent to one, there will be more to come. Most of my friends have that experience. I only became a godfather this year. I don't see any possibility of being a godfather next year yet. Have a nice day!
@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I was 38 when I became my great newphews godparent I love him dearly and his mother as well,I felt very lucky that I was the one she chose to take care of her baby if god forbid something happened to her,I was 40 when I recieved my first grandchild and after having three girls of my own the grandson got quit spoiled and he is growing into a fine young man but he still knows how to get to his grandma.I cant say I am rich with money but I can say I am rich with love and that matters more to me.You have a great night.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I know the godparents should be the one to take care of their goddaughter when something happens, but in my case I live far from my goddaughter. So I don't think I can do that. I am not even close to their family. She is my friends daughter. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
i was sixteen when i first became a godparent...my friend got pregnant sudden and i wasn't in the position to say no, in fact i am just a proud friend willing to be a grandparent because for me that's a privileged to be proud of...though yeah every occasions i am obliged to give out presents but i feel so happy with it...though there maybe times that i am not able to give out a thing i just make it up some other time
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
In my experience, during the time I am supposed to give my goddaughter presents (during her christening and her birthday), it seems that I have enough money to do so. It's like fate (the Lord) is giving me money to give to my goddaughter. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I was just 15 years old when I first became a godmother to a baby boy. Now, if my memory serves me right, I lost count after fifteen godchildren. Well, that's already too many for me -- maybe that's exactly the reason why I am not rich still. Hahaha Anyway, my first godson is the first born child of an aunt, a first cousin of my mother. For many years since then, that is, without fail, my aunt's family regularly comes to visit my family during the Christmas season. Of course, at first, there was just Dad, Mom and Baby Boy. However, in a few years time, there had been three additional kids in my aunt's family. Since they live a bit afar from us, it was as if expected that each and everyone of them gets a Christmas present. My godson finally stopped coming with his family when he was about 14 years old and almost the same thing happened with the younger siblings eventually. Years went by, my aunt got widowed, her kids grown up and she's still on with her yearly tradition -- last Christmas, she had two grandkids with her! Cheers!
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I also stopped going to my godmother's house during Christmas when I started going to high school. It is because I am shy. I am thinking grown ups should not expect gifts anymore. Have a nice day!
• Japan
9 Oct 08
are we talking bout godchildren here or grandchildren..anyway i became a godmother when i was only 23.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Sorry if I confuse you. I am actually referring to godchildren and not grandchildren. My apologies. I became a godfather when I was 22, quite the same as your age when you became a godmother. The feeling is really great! Have a nice day!
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I became godparent since I was 19 years old. I can't believe it that in my young age I can be a grandmother.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Sorry, I am talking about being a godparent and not a grandparent. It was too late when I noticed I typed the wrong words. Most of the people I know became godparents during their teens. I think I am kind of late. Have a nice day!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I don't exactly remember when i first became a godparent... but for sure i was still in college then... and i didn't have any money to give my first godchild... but i gave a gift instead... right now i have almost 20 godchildren... that is already a lot... but i am still not rich... so i don't think there is a connection between wealth and the number of godchildren a person has...
@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I think we are supposed to be wealthy when we have a lot of godchildren but we are really not because we have already shared our wealth to them. We are just used as instruments to make them feel happy. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I was on my 20th when I became a godfather. The accountant in my school requested me to be one of the godfather of her daughter alongside with my girlfriend. I couldn't get to resist the offer as everybody's telling me that being a godfather to a child is a luck as you were able to get chosen by that angel. Got nothing to loose anyway and I enjoy the feeling of it for the first time.
@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Wow that is a great idea! So the one really choosing who will be the godparents are the godchildren themselves (the angels). It really feels great! Have a nice day!
• United States
9 Oct 08
I became a godmother when I was 15, and I am not rich either. :)
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I have always thought that generally, people became godparents during their teens. But as I read the responses here, I think that is not a correct generalization. I am now thinking being a godmother at 15 is early. They say you have to have a lot of godchildren to be very lucky. Have a nice day!
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
8 Oct 08
when i was 19 i became a Godparent of my firts niece then followed that daughter of my cousin.i think its not nesessary to give money.all i have to give more and often is attention since we are living very close coz they said godparent is the second parents
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I also think godparents are the second parents. In my case, I am not that close to my goddaughter because we are living in different cities. The last time I saw was in her christening last June. I hope I can be closer to her. Have a nice day!
@trv231 (152)
• India
8 Oct 08
i never been godfather. I am 45 years old. Please tell me your experience as god father please
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Being a godfather is great! It makes me feel that my friend really trusts me that is why she chose me to be her daughter's godfather. And it feels like I am also responsible for guiding the cute little angle as she grow up. Have a nice day!
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
8 Oct 08
I become a godfather to my cousin eight years ago when I was 30. It was a nice experience and it made me feel responsible for someone else who is a relative.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
My goddaughter is not my relative. It is my friend's daughter. But I also feel the sense of responsibility to my goddaughter. It's like I am also having a child of my own. Have a nice day!
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Haha, if that's true, I should be well off!! I have two Godchildren. 22? You are just a baby!! LOL
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I read some members here or their relatives have 12 godchildren. They should be millionaires right now. But of course, they have a lot of godchildren to share the millions to that is why they are still not millionaires. Have a nice day!
@Ithink (8547)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Well why Im not lucky with money I dont know if they go on grandbabies .. lol I have 10 biological grandbabies and 3 that call us their grandparents so I want to know where this money is. I became a grandparent for the first time when I was 36 years old. I know it is young but now at 43 Im still young enough to chase and play although it can wear me out! We are also raising one of our grandbabies and have had her from birth. Im really glad that Im on the younger side now!
@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Sorry if I confused you. I am really talking about being godparents rather than grandparents. My apologies. Anyway, I plan to marry when I am 27 years old and I think I will be a grandfather around my fifties. Have a nice day!
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
8 Oct 08
Hi richiem, how are you my friend? I only have one godson and it was when I had 29 years old. Have a good day.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I really feel I was late for being a godfather when I was 22 because I know my friends already have godchildren when they were in their teens. Maybe my idea that I should have a godchild during my teens is not really necessary. Have a nice day!
@belk89 (1104)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
I was 25 years old when i first became a godparent. It was my neighbors baby girl and now she grown up to be a pretty little girl. I didnt got the chance to give her gift last christmas and im not sure if i can this christmas since i dont have a clue anymore how big she is and what she like to have on christmas day. Since i move here in US i didnt have any communication with her. I'll probably find something special next year when i visit my country.
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@richiem (3647)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
There are gifts that may be given to kids of any size and age. I remember giving children's books to my goddaughter during the christening. At that time I think she was just nine months old. Of course she can't use the books yet. But I am hoping she will when she grow up. Have a nice day!