ANST - finding the dream
ldeerslayer at hotmail.com
Wed May 31 15:36:22 PDT 2000
A friend of mine sent this ...
I thought ya'll would appreciate it...
Finding the Dream>>
One fine Saturday morning, MiLord woke up and realized
he was missing something, something very important to
him. Saddened, he suited up in his armor and went out
to be inspected. Sir Knight walked up to him and
said, "Good Morrow, MiLord! How fare you this day?"
MiLord was dejected. "Sir Knight, I've lost The
Dream." Sir Knight nodded sagely, having seen this
before. "Indeed? Well, try a few bouts with my new
squire. He needs a few pointers, and I think a few
good fights will take your mind off it."
And so it was that for a time MiLord worked with Sir
Knight and his squire, and each gave the other
something new and useful. When it was done, however,
MiLord's feelings of loss returned to him. Lost in
his thoughts, he wandered the camp until he came
across Mistress Laurel. "Poor lad! Such a long face
you bear! Whatever can be wrong?" MiLord told his
tale, and Mistress Laurel clucked sympathetically.
"Perhaps a new song will lighten your heart! And you
can help me with this tunic I am making for a new
person in our group." They sang and made merry, even
when he had to hold still while she used him as a
model for the tunic, and for a time his search was
forgotten. When 'twas done, however,his mind returned
once more to his problems. Seeing this, Mistress
Laurel laid a hand on his arm and said, "Perhaps
Master Pelican can help you find what you seek."
And so he did seek out that worthy. Master Pelican
listened gravely to MiLord's question. "Where to find
the Dream? Oh, my. Well, now, I believe I saw it at
Pennsic, could you have lost it there? Or perhaps it
was at dance practice, I know I saw you with it then.
Oh forsooth, MiLord, I grieve that you have lost the
Dream!" MiLord nodded soberly, for by now all his joy
had fled. Master Pelican spoke on. "MiLord, I tell
you, I think it can be found...but for now, I see
someone who needs your Service. Why not ask her?"
Master Pelican smiled, and gestured toward a
tear-streaked Little Girl who stood helplessly
watching them both.>>
This was not where MiLord expected to find the Dream,
but a damsel in distress still deserved his help. He
knelt before her and said, "Little Girl, I have lost
the Dream. Have you seen it?" Little Girl looked up
at him and sniffed back a tear. "I've lost my Mommy."
MiLord saw that his plight was as nothing compared to
hers, and with a flourish he swore a great oath that
he would not rest until Little Girl
was reunited with Mommy. Delighted, Little Girl
forgot her tears, and together they sojourned forth in
quest of her, and soon enough they found her, likewise
distressed at the loss of Little Girl. Bowing,he
placed Little Girl in Mommy's arms, and turned to go.
Before he took two steps, Little Girl's voice stopped
him. "You oughta ask the King where your Dream is.>>
He knows everything*."
MiLord considered this, and turned his steps toward
the King. Soon he knelt before the Throne, and having
given proper obeisance,asked, "My Liege--I have lost
the Dream! What am I to do?" The King smiled down at
MiLord, and said, "Have you now? Look behind you."
MiLord turned, and behind him stood New Person. New
Person was wearing that same tunic he had patiently
been the model for. In his hand was a copy of the
song that he had sung. His expression was bright,but>> a little
"MiLord...MiLord, I don't know what to say. I watched
you fight with Chivalry and Honor, and tried to learn
from what you showed that squire. I want to be like
that, too! I loved the song, and I thank you so much
for the tunic! Master Pelican told me how much you
have done for everyone, and that Little Girl...you
treated that Little Girl like a great Lady. I wept to
see it. Please, MiLord, how can I be like you?">>
MiLord was shocked. Was this, then, the Dream? Was
it right here, all along? How could he have missed
it? He heard the King's voice,soft and wise. "Do you
see now, MiLord? The Dream is not something you have.
It is something you *do*.
">>>> In Service to the Dream,
>>>>Colin of Tighan>>
>>(Permission was given to pass along, as long as credit>> is given)>>
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