Forgive me if I am getting soppy in my old age – or maybe the season that’s in it has me turn into a sentimental old fool. But let’s focus on the essentials here.
Or so it sometimes seems in our little fandom. Actually, the RArmy is more than a fandom, it is a community. A group of people who have something in common. There are many pros in this community who bring their unique views to it, delighting us with funny pics, challenging essays, fluffy fiction, thoughtful commentary, silly banter and latest news. There’s someone for everybody there – someone
or two or three to connect with and enjoy a deeper bond. I have noticed on many occasions how open and welcoming the community is, and how quickly people jump in to help and support each other. And how generous individual fandom members are with each other.
The spirit of generosity and joy came to me again last week. Not only when I encountered many RA fans at the Berlin premiere and was astounded by the warmth and friendliness of all – but when I returned home. I was feeling a bit down – no wonder, after reaching the
climax… eh, no, possibly the wrong choice of words in this context apex of fangirling by observing RA on the red carpet. What else was there to aspire to, now that that point on the agenda had been crossed off? The abyss was looming. And what brought me back up? Lots of fandom love in the shape of many encouraging and happy comments – and a very special letter that reached me from Poland.
What a lovely surprise. Our dear Agzy, Craftress Extraordinaire, had sent me a card. That would’ve been quite enough, because I love the Mousitage graphic and I had to laugh out loud at the slogan on the card. Typical Agzy, don’t you think?
But Miss Agzytage added some goodies to her missive that are just too good to keep them to myself. A Thornton brooch that I had admired when she posted her crafty exploits and which was auctioned off for her fabulous RA Silent Auction. And a Thorin bookmark that will keep watch over my little notebook. Christmas has come early, it seems!
The brooch has been gracing my
not so little black dresses ever since, and it reminds me – subtly – not only of the owner of the noble profile, or the character whom he so smoulderingly impressively portrayed, but of the kindness and generosity of the people whom he has inspired. It’s a good feeling, wearing this special gift. It lifts me up and makes me grin smile.
This is better than chocolate icecream. Definitely. Thanks Agzy – for making me happy. Thanks fandom – for being there.