It seems already such a long time ago that I was still in Germany and received this short and no frills e-mail:
I picked up two sets of posters from the old vic on my visit and id like to pass them on to fellow fans ,postage paid as a kindness , BUT I don’t know how to go about getting names and address of 6 fans …any ideas ?
Let me interpret this for you: An e-mail by a fan. She has seen the Crucible in London. She has bought some posters. With the intention of giving them away, as presents, to those who cannot go. With no strings attached and all postage paid. The tears were sitting pretty loosely in those days, anyway, but when I got that e-mail, they were tears of genuine affection, an altogether different chemical concoction than those of grief.
It seemed the easiest – in terms of privacy and organisation – to offer that I forward the gifts to some lovely people in the fandom who could not attend the play. After all I know many addresses already (through my shrine work) and the recipients also know my address, so the cover is/would be blown on both sides. And so I received a carefully wrapped package a couple of weeks ago with four posters, cardboard tubes for posting them in, and plenty of postage money to despatch these deliveries of fandom love.
I am not quite sure whether all of the posters have reached their destination yet but I have had word from Italy that Barsine has received one of these fandom love deliveries – and her post has prompted me to finally give the credit to whom the credit is due. I was merely the intermediary, but the initiative, the idea, the expense of it all was undertaken by our wonderful fellow fan JANE. Jane does not have a blog. But Jane has a big heart.
There are so many ladies out there that will not get to see the play live as I have, and to be honest, it has totally blown me away, all these 5 star reviews are not hysteria or people jumping on the band wagon , it really is amazing and I will never forget seeing John Proctor struggling with his conscience, reduced to tears…
She just wanted you to share in something that you may not have been able to go to yourself – but that you can have a souvenir of, nonetheless. The thought has blown me away, and I can only say that my heart soars at the thought that the world has people like Jane in it. I hope you will join me in saying thank you to her. Even if you or I weren’t the recipients of one of the posters, I think her idea and her initiative was directed at all of us, at the fandom as a whole. It is an idea that sets the tone in this community of well-wishers, and that cannot be credited enough. Those of you who have received a poster are welcome to leave a comment for Jane on this post (and everyone else, too :-D) And I hope that Obscura and Jazzbaby will credit this lovely initiative with four kindnesses (at least!!!) for the ShareTheLove project.
Thank you, Jane!
PS: Since Jane did not want anything in return for her gesture, I am wondering how I could show my appreciation. Here is the deal: She says she doesn’t want a RAPS. But they are the only thing I can offer in return. I’d like to donate a “Jane Memorial” RAPS in her name. Watch this space.