Anthony has Godparents, Timothy already has a Godfather (and he's not even here yet!), but Molly....cute little Molly had neither a Godmother nor Godfather. She did once, way back when she was first born, but it didn't work out and that's a long story that I'm not going to get into. Now, after much thought, I came to my decision and hoped who I had chosen would say yes. Who would not want to be Molly's Godmother? She's so dang sweet. :) Molly and I got to work creating a special gift and sent it on its merry way to my childhood friend in NY, Jill. I received the phone call from Jill yesterday saying yes!
This definition of Godparent was taken from Wikipedia: "Traditionally, godparents were informally responsible for ensuring the child's religious education was carried out, and for caring for the child should he/she be orphaned. Today, the word godparent might not have explicitly religious overtones. The modern view of a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's upbringing and personal development"
I lean more towards the more modern definition. In my mind, a Godparent is someone who has close ties to the family and loves the child very much. They will be there to love, encourage, mentor, listen and be another strong shoulder for the child to lean on as they grow up. They don't necessarily have to be close in proximity physically, as long as they are never far away mentally and emotionally when needed. It gives the child a person to turn to (other than their parents, grandparents and other family members) when they need advice or someone to talk to.....someone they can count on and trust. That's what a Godparent means to me and that's what I keep in mind when I choose one for each of my kiddos.
Molly now has a Godmother and that makes me extremely happy! Especially with it being Jill. <3