… even though I still don’t know what to say. I may write for a living, but still there are things I can’t really describe, not even after the event took place 2 weeks ago. But if I dont say anything about this, I can’t say much anything else either – hints on sewing button holes or telling about the side seams of a new dress seem quite trivial.
On the 2nd weekend of February, at the Midwinter Feast traditionally arranged by my canton, I was accepted as the member of the Order of the Laurel – I became a peer, a Mistress. The order (for those who aren’t necessarily that active in the SCA) is the highest award you can receive for arts and sciences. The 2 other equally ranking orders are the Order of Chivalry (for fighting) and the Order of Pelican (for service). *
And still I can’t really talk about it. But I’ll try – be warned, though, that I may be using too many happy happy joy joy adjectives.
The whole weekend was – for lack of a better word – simply amazing. People had put so much effort into arranging everything behind my back: a cosy, rosy room with food and candles for my Friday night vigil (where I sat thinking whether to accept the invitation to join the order, and had visits from everyone who wanted to talk, give advice or just say hello), beautiful, well thought-out ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, touching speeches, presence of friends from near and far, letters from people who couldn’t be there, many many lovely gifts… Everything summed up to a sweet nirvana, leaving me all warm and fuzzy for a very long time. And of course I’m wondering how I can ever give back all the good I received!
Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of all the gifts I received because it didn’t cross my mind to take photos during the weekend (and now some of the gifts have already vanished, yum yum…). But I am more than happy to show them off when ever I have them with me: they are breathtaking, given with a lot of thought, often made by the giver. And who knows, maybe I will take some photos one of these days and put them up here?