Saturday, January 25, 2014
Why do you do it?
There are probably hundreds of reasons that people get into historical reenactment. Like a child playing dress up. Playing "lets pretend". I like the notion of pretending I am somebody else, from somewhere else living in some other time. It isn't so terribly important when that time is, just that isn't now. Sometimes I get very engrossed in the process of creating the "props" for the set and I forget to even think about why I do it. This past weekend something happened to me that most people will not understand. I was called into court at a local event, I front of friends and strangers. I was given an award that nearly brought me to tears. You see there are many awards in the SCA, but the one I was given was really the only one I ever really coveted. I hadn't thought about it in a long time but when the moment came I was MAGIC for me. I was given "The King 's Chalice". It is and award given "to those that have displayed excellence and authenticity in their chosen field." To some there may be higher honors, but to me there are none. This is an award which is given out very infrequently which is one reason it is so special. But more so to me is what it stands for. To me it says "You are making magic".
people wearing funny clothes. That is not what it was for me. This was my MAGIC moment. I was so wrapped up in the moment that for while I really was Ercc, from another time living in another place.
Magic is alive and well and living in the SCA.