FARGO — Little Aiden Olson is now 13 months old, but he is still writing his own unique life story. First was his delivery by the side of a Clay County road, and now a COVID-inspired baptism over the weekend that will be its own chapter in his baby book.
Aiden Olson put on his coy boy face as family and friends gathered in grandpa's garage in south Fargo for his baptism. With tool chests and a motorcycle nearby, all prepared for this sacrament smack dab in the middle of a pandemic.
"It sums up 2020 and the way he came into the world and now being baptized in a garage, it kind of makes sense," said his father, Isaac Olson.
In his first 13 months, Aiden Olson has been on quite a ride. He surprised everyone with an early birth. In fact his grandma, Becky Unterseher — who received a Stork Award from the sheriff's office — assisted in his delivery by the side of a Clay County road just over a year ago.
At the south Fargo garage, Pastor Brian Hansen of St. John's Lutheran of Fargo said that with so many delays due to the pandemic, instead of the family coming to the church, he came to the family for the baptism.
"Is this the first baptism I have ever done in a garage? Yes, it is," Hansen said.
The grandma who helped deliver Aiden watched his baptism, reflecting on his memorable first year of life.
"It was just family and close family friends, and that is all that matters," said Aiden's mother, Bobbi Jo Olson.
"Yep, first baptism in the garage, maybe we will rent it out and start a new thing, rent a garage for baptisms in time of COVID," Unterseher joked.