[Sca-cooks] How do you answer such a question
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Mon Feb 9 07:16:43 PST 2009
Vivat Alina! I have every confidence in you, Stefan, that if she were
to be elevated first, you would be nothing but pleased and proud of her.
I'm the type who would produce a flowery phrase like, "It is more
important to serve the needs of the people, my liege, and what they
needed from me in that moment was a clean wholesome kitchen." But
that's just me.
Stefan li Rous wrote:
> Last year we spent some time talking about being called up in an SCA
> court and kneeling (or not). I have in fact recently created a
> Florilegium file from that conversation.
> Anyway, in Court yesterday at Bryn Gwlad's Candlemas event a quandary
> came up and I would be interested in hearing how you all would have
> reacted in a similar situation. I guess there is also a bit of
> bragging on my lady wife.
> Lady Alina was back in the kitchen cleaning the pots and the pans and
> first got called out of the kitchen when the Baronial Officers were
> called before the Baronial Court to thank them for their service.
> After dropping off her awarded glassware to me for safekeeping, she
> disappeared back into the kitchen.
> A while later HRM Gunthar calls her into Court and someone went into
> the kitchen to get her. There was some banter about where she was
> while we were waiting for her, which of course she didn't hear. She
> walks up before Gunthar and kneels on the carpet in front of Gunthar,
> not wanting to soil the fancy royal kneeling cushion since she is
> soaking wet from her knees down. Gunthar tells her to please kneel on
> the cushion, since that is what it is there for. Gunthar then asks her
> "Whether it is more important to wash dishes or be in his court".
> Of course I know Gunthar from this list, and realize he might have
> been in that kitchen if he hadn't been Crown. I doubt she was.
> Kinda a Catch-22 question. So how would *you* answer such a question?
> You probably don't want to say "Yes, it is much more fun to be sopping
> wet in the kitchen scrubbing dirty dishes than be in your Court".
> If you say "Court is more important" then the second question becomes
> "Then why were you not here".
> Alina was then awarded the Ansteorra Star of Merit, the Grant level
> award for Service.
> Alina hesitated to accept a hug from Gunthar since her arms and
> shoulders were also wet from her kitchen travails. The Court Herald,
> Rhiannon, who has known Alina since she joined the SCA was unable to
> keep her voice from breaking when reading her scroll and Alina was
> also crying before she left the Royal Presence.
> Oh yes, and one or more people told Alina they weren't going to let
> her go back into the kitchen to finish scrubbing the pots. I'm not
> sure that the pots did get cleaned before we had to leave the site.
> Someone may have had to take them home since they had quite a layer of
> stuff burned to their inside bottoms.
> Vivat Her Ladyship Alina!
> I guess I better start doing some service or she is going to be made a
> Pelican before me! :-)
> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
> Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
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