I was recently touched and honoured to be invited to join the SCA Order of the Pelican.
I have accepted, and my vigil and elevation will occur at the Innilgard Baronial Divestiture and Investiture in late June.
At a recent event, Their Majesties asked me to take a photo of their Royal Household. I was focused on preparing for a good shot when they surprised me by asking me to be in one of the photos. (I am not a member of the Royal Household.)
As we were posing, His Majesty turned and made the announcement and invitation. I was more shocked than I think I have ever been!
My friends continued to help me later in the day by taking more event photos, as my hands were shaking too much to take any that were not blurry!
I also owe a debt of thanks to the Peers that inspire me to try to do better, and be better, in my SCA and mundane life. I know many who actively try to live the chivalric virtues, and this is truly inspiring.