Every January, over the last six years, the Arizona chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets together for a free event. A large friendly sign on the front gate welcomes everyone, with the words: ” Heroes of the Silent Angels. Visitors Welcome.”
Inside, the eye is treated to a colorful display of medieval pageantry and fun. This is a little different than every other event, though. Fighters of all flavors (Youth, Rapier, Hardsuit) are bid on as a possible winner in the day’s tournament, a delicious breakfast and lunch spread are provided to all, and a silent auction of the most beautiful items (many handcrafted) are available throughout the day. Everything is donated for this event. The time, the auction items, and the food.
The reason is why I write about this under the category of Inspirational Women. The reason all ego is put aside for a day of fun and true chivalry is because of the girls who are affected by a condition known as Rett Syndrome. This condition, “a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is first recognized in infancy and seen almost always in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys,” has a similarity to severe autism.
The girls I saw, who smiled and squealed with delight at all the excitement of the day, are my inspiration for the week. Like all little girls, they were beautiful and had that sparkle that made them the stardust of the day.
The hope is that some day, in the near future, a cure will be found, and this tournament will be one only of celebration. Until that time, Being Artemis will put our full support behind the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
Photos courtesy of Scott and Pamela Whitaker. Thank you very much.
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