[Bonwicke] Peer Fear
rbrooks at xit.net
Fri Jul 23 17:48:24 PDT 2004
Thought that you would all enjoy this. :-)
By Her Excellency, Dame Eleanor Cadfan, Baroness Skraeling Althing,
Peer Fear is a terrible affliction in this club and so unnecessary!
Getting to know Peers in their natural habitat, like on the list
field, is fine, but there are other ways. Peers can be anywhere and
everywhere, so when approaching an unfamiliar Peer it is best to
keep a few general rules in mind. Remember they may be more afraid
of you than you are of them! Although frightening from a distance,
these magnificent creatures domesticate easily and can make very
1) When approaching a Peer, do so from the front. Walk slowly. Peers
startle easily, particularly Roses, and you don't want to set them
2) Distract them. It may help more skittish Peers, like Laurels, if
you begin by letting them examine a sleeve hem or a work in
progress. Show a Knight a new weapon or anything shiny.
3) Speak softly and use encouraging language and flattery. They may
not understand everything you say, but they will respond to the tone
of your voice. Avoid excessive bragging or arm waving. Rarer Peers,
like Pelicans, can be easily intimidated by overt displays of
passion. Laurels or Knights can become competitive or agitated and
4) Offer them food or drink. Many Peers can become cranky when
sitting through long meetings, Courts or performing arduous tasks of
A&S or service. Food or alcoholic beverages will often make them
more placid and with a little work many Peers can become tame enough
to take food directly from your hand. Remember to keep the food soft
and easy to chew. Many Peers are old and dependant on Squires or
Apprentices to cut their meat.
5) Approach them in groups. Peers tend to travel in clusters and can
become anxious when cut from their herd. When approaching a flock of
Pelicans or a pride of Knights, be careful to include all the Peers
generally. Avoid singling out one Peer with direct eye contact and
never turn your back on the rest of the group. While not meant
maliciously, many separated and started Peers can accidentally
trample you in an effort to rejoin their fellows.
6) Wear your Apprentice, Protégé or Squires belt. Let the Peer
examine the belt or touch it. Many Peers feel more comfortable
knowing another Peer has been there before them.
If you follow all these guidelines, anyone can form a lasting and
meaningful relationship with a Peer. With proper maintenance, a Peer
can be a faithful and loving companion and friend.
Fight the fear. Hug a Peer!
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