Something In The Water


scenes from a Richmond, Virginia baptism in 1896 (Heustis Cook)




  1. This is a very compelling picture. It reminds me of an incident a few years back. My then third wife,in a righteous,yet wine soaked furor decided that since I had never been Baptized she would “save” me so she Baptized me in a mop sink. This event happened one late night in a tavern. I think she meant well.

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  2. Obligatory old joke:
    Before performing a baptism, the preacher approached the young father and said solemnly, “Baptism is a serious step. Are you prepared for it?”
    “I think so,” the man replied. “My wife has made appetizers and we have a caterer coming to provide plenty of cookies and cakes for all of our guests.”
    “I don’t mean that,” the priest responded. “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?”
    “Oh, sure,” came the reply. “I’ve got a keg of beer and a case of whiskey.”

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  3. That’s a great photo, Kerbey. I hope they all went in to wade in celebration afterward. What a big bunch of folk to witness the soaking-in ceremony.

    Not after your baptism, though, considering what you discovered regarding the river flow the following day.

    And, Benson, what a complex and interesting life you have mustered, what with a mop-sink Baptism from a wife who later grew talons and moved to Vegas.

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