Today Nico got baptized. If anybody doesn’t remember, while we were in Bali, relatives of ours came to visit. They were Alex’s cousin Roland, his wife Andrea, and their little son Nico (read my other post: Andrea, Roland, and Nico) at age 3 months.
Today, we met up with those three familiar faces at a church in Medellin. The instant I saw them, it felt like it had just been some five days since I was playing with Nico or learning how to play Puerto Rico with them. It was hard to imagine that we had actually taken trips to and stayed in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawaii, and Mexico since then.
We had a great time at the baptism. Even though I am not Christian, I am still very glad I went. One, I got to see my second cousin get baptized, and two, it was a unique religious occasion. Around the world, I have immersed myself and even adopted customs from many religions. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shinto are all the main religions of countries we have been to.
I mean, it wasn’t like I could just waltz into anyone’s baptism to get the experience. It was my second cousin. I thought about the differences and similarities between many religions, the things I like, and the things that I don’t necessarily agree with. But they are all beautiful. It didn’t so much matter to me that it was a Christian ceremony, but that we were participating in the occasion. Everyone seemed happy.
Afterwards, we had a wonderful dinner at Andrea and Roland’s hotel, with the buzz of a newly baptized Nico in the air. I love traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Below: Baptism Pictures
Below: I was Nico’s dinner at the hotel