Memories of Virginia: Wink and Ren Faires
It will be a bittersweet day at best. Virginia loved game day. She had one character that she played no matter the game. Wink was our quiet little friend. Wink never fought any monsters. Wink never tangled with the bad guys. Wink never did anything but help us when we needed a point in the right direction and heal us when things took a turn for the worse.
Wink was very much an extension of my wife. Virginia enjoyed game day at the Lawton’s. She would wear her fairy wings and bring her homemade fairy wand to nearly every session. It’s not so much that she was an RPG nut like her husband and kids as much as she just loved spending time with her husband and kids. Virginia “enjoyed” playing RPGs as a family exercise. She really got into it. The costume is her own creation. We enjoyed having her there and she will be missed this Saturday (and all the other ones coming).
Last year we discovered the Iowa Renaissance Faire that is held in the Amana Colonies every Memorial Day. We decided on a lark to go see it before Janae’ went off to Basic. Virginia was still undergoing chemo for the breast cancer but she wanted to go to “make memories”. We had a blast. So much that we had plans to attend the Ren Faire in Des Moines over Labor Day (we didn’t because Virginia was not feeling up to it.) This year, again plans were made to attend the Ren Faire. Virginia had gone out and bought herself boots. I also discovered that Virginia had set aside some money to purchase a Renaissance costume this year.
I’ll admit that I am not much of an outdoors type. To me the outdoors is that necessary evil one is required to endure to get from building to building. However, the Ren Faire struck a chord with me. My beloved wife was actually looking forward to this year’s event. She absolutely enjoyed herself. We are going this year in her memory.
Why do these two things stick together in my mind when thinking about Virginia? When Virginia had something that she enjoyed doing she went all out. She enjoyed playing RPGs because her family enjoyed them and she went out of her way to fit in with that group. She enjoyed the Renaissance Faire, but enjoyed it more because her family enjoyed it as well. Virginia wanted to make sure that we would keep going to the Ren Faire. She didn’t want us to give up game day and we won’t. We will keep going to the Ren Faires in her honor.