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More First Communion tales by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

What a week!  I had a great time last Saturday meeting the women in the Lace Making Guild in Nemo Rangers, Cork and hope to report on this in the Evening Echo.  I got to see amazing needlecraft and was especially interested in the skills involved in creating Communion veils, christening robes and wedding lace.

After last week’s ‘Communion Dress’ article, people have been sharing their First Communion memories with me.  Here’s one I like:

“After First Communion there would be a Eucharistic procession in early June where we would wear our Communion dresses, and could do so for the following few years until we grew too big.  I’d grown so tall that my dress was indecently short.  Like Scarlett O’Hara in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’, my mother took down the kitchen net curtains and used the white netting to stitch a panel in the middle.  My decency was saved!”

Communion Dress by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

As we approach the month of May and First Communion season, some Mammy’s get carried away with the expense of the outfits, party, bouncy castle or fake tans for their Communicant’s big day.  I wrote this some years ago when my now teenage daughter was preparing for her own First Communion …….

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Communion dress shopping can be an expensive business!

“Mom, most of the girls in my class already have their dresses!” daughter informed me, hardly a wet week back to school after the Christmas break.

“Really?  But it’s only January. The Communion’s months away.  What’s the rush?”

“They say all the nice ones will be gone.  Can’t we go shopping soon.  Pleeease?”

“OK, maybe next Saturday then, ” I said, pushing aside all thoughts of the over-burdened credit card, and little knowing what lay in store.

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Cartoon blog by frazzledmammy.comWhy didn’t I do the Wodan?  There it stood – a gigantic Timburcoaster, a rollercoaster made of wood, creaking in the wind.  The occupants of its cars screamed at each dizzying stomach-churning bend on what seemed be terrifyingly high rickety rails.  “C’mon Mom, I’d love to do it,” begged Junior.  His pal and the pal’s parents who brought us to the theme park weren’t interested.  I’m scared of heights and didn’t want to further wreck an already dodgy back.  I dithered, reneged; regretted it afterwards.

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New Start

Hi, this is Maeve O’Keeffe, a frazzled mammy who’s been writing a column in the Cork Evening Echo on the trials and tribulations of muddling through motherhood.  I’m new to blogging.  This is my first post and more will follow!