I’m not re­li­gious but I do love a bit of pomp and cer­e­mony on Con­fir­ma­tion day

Wicklow People - - NEWS - Jus­tine O’Ma­hony

THIS is a pretty aus­pi­cious year for our house­hold. We have a Con­fir­ma­tion and a Ju­nior Cert and I can tell you right now, be­ing the shal­low per­son I am, I’m way more stressed at the prospect of the Con­fir­ma­tion than I am about the state exam.

I’m not re­li­gious but I do love a bit of Catholic pomp and cer­e­mony. I love get­ting all dressed up and parad­ing up and down in front of ev­ery­one else as we all eye each other up to see who has the nicest out­fit! I love the heart­felt hymns and the priest talk­ing to us about re­nounc­ing the devil. I love hav­ing all the fam­ily around for an oc­ca­sion that is not a wed­ding or a fu­neral. Most of all I love the fact that we will all be to­gether cel­e­brat­ing the start of a new chap­ter in a young per­son’s life as they leave child­hood and ven­ture into ado­les­cence.

But in the in­ter­est of full trans­parency, most of all I love the thoughts of pick­ing the out­fits! Yes I know I know. I’m a hor­ri­ble, su­per­fi­cial per­son but at least I’m aware of my own faults and fail­ings.

Surely that should score me a few points with The

Pow­ers That Be Up Above.

After much de­lib­er­a­tion we have fi­nally picked the con­fir­ma­tion name al­though why they have to choose it 8 months in ad­vance of the ac­tual day is be­yond me.

My­self and the 12-year-old scoured ev­ery Catholic saint’s web­site we could find to choose one she liked and that I thought she wouldn’t re­gret in years to come.

She liked Er­m­ingtrude,

Matilda and some other re­ally weird name that I can’t even pro­nounce. We even­tu­ally set­tled on Juliette be­cause I liked the ro­mance of it and she liked the tragic fact she’d been guillotined!

The next ma­jor bat­tle will be the out­fit and whilst I’m hop­ing to chan­nel a bit of hippy chic, dress­ing her in a cool maxi and leather jacket, she’s par­tic­u­larly keen on a flow­ery dress with a puffy skirt, like her friends. OVER MY DEAD BODY!

Mean­while Him­self is ap­ply­ing ma­jor pres­sure on the Ju­nior Cert stu­dent to study whilst be­rat­ing me for let­ting him away with mur­der and set­ting a bad ex­am­ple. ‘You told him he could go to two par­ties this week­end?’ he fumed at me.

This is true. But to be fair, he’s en­ti­tled to a break after work­ing hard all week, I replied. ‘Work­ing hard???! All you do is make him cups of tea and sit down watch­ing Brid­get & Ea­mon with him.’

This is also true but when I pointed out it was only the bloody ju­nior cert and no­body ever asks you what you got in your ju­nior cert, I got ‘et’ as they say in my part of the world.

It could be a very long year.

WE EVEN­TU­ALLY SET­TLED ON JULIETTE BE­CAUSE I LIKED THE RO­MANCE OF IT AND SHE LIKED THE TRAGIC FACT SHE’D BEEN GUILLOTINED!

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