Tonight, I was asked by a young man (Ryan) in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or in other words... the Catholic conversion process) if I would be his sponsor.  That's the official name for a lifelong Godparent... but because he's an adult and he gets to choose for himself, the term sponsor seems more appropriate.  I am honored. Officially, I am the sponsor (or Godparent) to 3 other individuals.  In the Portuguese culture, by my marriage to Leroy, I inherit his charges as well... so that adds 3 more to the mix.  I take the responsibility very seriously.  It's not like the movies where I automatically get custody of the minors if their parents should meet an untimely death... it has more to do with their spiritual well being.  I make a commitment to God and to the individual that I will be supportive of them in their spiritual walk for the rest of their lives (and mine.) These relationships are very important to me and I look forward to what the future holds for all of us.