First, my eldest son said he would use his pick up to transport me and all my camping gear and things I was taking for the classes I was teaching. We had one of our very special talks, which don't happen too often because I rarely get to see him alone. That set a gold star on the start of my day. Then he stayed to set my camp up. Huzzah! I hate that part of camping. Love him for that. Going home was even better. We had an even better talk and I felt so blessed in his trust.
I had volunteered to be in charge of the Arts and Sciences. I had located four teachers for classes, gotten all of my handouts printed, and woven a belt for each of my teachers as a thank you gift for coming out and teaching. I set out the A&S Competition, including my five belts as my entry. I looked at the entry of two of my friends and figured I had a pretty good chance of coming in 3rd or 4th. To my astonishment, I won 1st prize!!! I am still dumbfounded over winning, and thrilled beyond belief. I was so proud.
We had a wonderful two days of fighting competitions, rapier competitions, food, conversation, got to help Lady Alesandra with the fund raiser lunch for breast cancer, and profound conversations with two beautiful souls. I stayed for the revel and the bardic competition and laughed myself silly. Drank some mead and turned it. It was a fantastic day.
Sunday, I was elevated from a "Patch" (probationer) to a Bronze (full family member), which was a total surprise too. I thought I would have to wait for Gulf Wars. That was such an honor and I teased my sponsor about the size of my thunder wheel. I'm a wee woman and he made me a large wheel. It is so beautiful. I hope, over time, to have a blue and a green ribbon decorating it. I want to make him very proud.
I'm an Elder, and disabled. I am also an Aries and fiercely independent. It's difficult for me to ask for help. With my Thunder family though, it is easy as pie. I had to ask for help carrying some of my things a number of times over the weekend, and no one ever hesitated. They treated me with so much respect and love and caring that they almost brought me to tears. I love my Emerald Thunder family! I feel so blessed to be a part of them.