Our Big Sacrament Weekend was a success. Nobody else got sick, the weather was nice, nobody melted down.
Boo was Confirmed on Friday evening. My feelings on this matter are a mixture of pride and nostalgia as that little boy who seemed to be in a constant time-out is growing into fine young man with a mature faith. We even made him shave the four hairs on his chin for the event.
Earlier in the year he was one of four Confirmation candidates chosen to speak at our parish renewal weekend. His assigned topic was “What the Eucharist Means to Me” and he needed to fill 10 minutes. Ten minutes is a long time when one is 14 years old and this is your first public speaking event. He came up with a good solid 5 minutes worth of material and then turned to his constant companion, Pumpkin Girl. Those two have such a funny relationship. I can’t even scratch the surface here, but I think it would be fair to say that they are best friends.
So Pumpkin Girl did a little research on the history of the Eucharist which Boo used as a lead in to his main topic and the whole thing turned out rather nicely. He gave his speech in March and even now, someone will come up to him and ask if he was the young man who had given the talk.
Boo chose King David as his Confirmation saint. David was a man who struggled in many ways but always had a heart for the Lord. Boo came up with him on his own and his choice surprised me since most kids chose more recent saints. But King David is an excellent choice and suits Boo well. Did make it hard to get him a statue or holy medal, though.
And so the time came and Boo got himself all spiffy for the event. His sponsor, one of our fellow Catholic homeschoolers from when we were stationed in DC, was able to be here for the day. I got the moment on camera.
In typical Boo fashion, as he returned to the pew after being Confirmed, he flashed a big grin and gave us a thumbs up. I wasn’t expecting that, so I don’t have a picture. We couldn’t help but laugh. It was just so very Boo. I hope his enthusiasm for God stays with him for the rest of his life.
(Great oogly moogly, I just noticed that he wore his survival bracelet. Sigh.)