Originally published August 15, 2017.
All right, this is the last of them, I think. It’s also the hardest, because it’s actually about me, and not me doing for others. Before I get to the sappy stuff, I want to thank Ulrich, Bronwen, Astridr, Keena, Halla and Darius for helping to prep drinks and tend the bar. I want to thank the good gentleman who donated beer and mead. I want to thank Maggie, who went into town to buy supplies. And I want to thank all the people who donated coolers so we could be prepare. You were all great, and a boon to the kingdom.
Court was great. As awards secretary, I get to know who is getting what ahead of time. It was a pleasure to be able to scan the crowd, looking for the right people to get their reactions.
Of course, I can’t see my own face most of the time.
I have worked many reigns before, in many different capacities, and I have always tried to not make any assumptions. Service is its own reward, I counseled myself over and over again, and if that’s not enough, well, camping in MidRealm Royal is pretty cool!
I was wholly unprepared for what happened Thursday Night. I was so unprepared, I actually don’t remember much of it. My name was called, I knelt, Lucia sang. I can hear William talking, but I cannot remember what he said. I remember feeling something on my head. I remember Him saying in my ear, “stand up, turn around.” I remember a lot of landed Barons and Baroness shaking my hand. And I remember being mobbed by people when the intermission was called. I remember my face hurt from smiling so much.
It is a great honor I have been given. William of Fairhaven has been my friend and supporter for over twenty years. I am overjoyed to have gotten to know Isolde better, to my great benefit. Her return to the SCA makes me so happy.
It is also a great responsibility. When I finally regained myself the first thing I asked was “what does a Court Baron do?” That is a question I am still asking myself half a week later, and I have asked it of some of you, and I’ll ask it of more over the next few months.
I can never be thankful enough for the opportunities I have been allowed to pursue. I can never be sorry enough for the mistakes I have made and the people I have hurt. My path in the SCA has often been one of struggle and sometimes heartbreak. But now I feel that I have worked hard to leave my past behind me, and I think that I have finally been successful in surrounding myself with friend and supporters who truly care about me, and for that, I am very grateful indeed.
Thank you. I don’t say it often enough. Thank you all.