It’s been a trying year, and it’s important to keep perspective and remember that we have much to be grateful for. First and foremost, I am grateful for the health of my family and friends. My mother in law contracted Covid at the beginning of this year, and it nearly took her life. Mrs. Beorn traveled to Mexico, to take care of her mother. Her efforts saved her mother’s life, but in the process she herself contracted Covid. This meant that for the first two months of this year, my wife was stuck in Mexico, sick, and unable to return home. I was back home working, and wishing I could do more to help.
It can be all too easy to judge others, especially when we lack important context or are unable to empathize with another person’s situation. Mrs. Beorn is studying to become a nurse, so she is uniquely qualified to take care of her mother. Also, at the time her mother was infected with Covid, ICU beds in her local hospital were full. What followed was a heroic effort on the part of everyone in my wife’s family to transform their mother’s home into an ad hoc ICU. Everyone pitched in and they were able to help their mother fight off the virus.
That she herself contracted Covid in the process of saving her mother was a price that Mrs. Beorn would not and did not hesitate to pay. The most trying times in our lives force us to examine, honestly and deeply, what our priorities actually are. I am so proud of my wife for being willing to sacrifice for what she believes in. That is not to say that any of this was easy, while it was happening. Most worthwhile endeavors in life are anything but easy.
As the year comes to a close, I’d like to once again give back to the community with a contest. It just so happens that I have an extra copy of The Scouring of the Shire. This ALeP-designed quest makes the perfect epilogue to any avid players’ saga campaign. In addition, I’m going to add a few exclusive Hall of Beorn promotional alternate art cards. The rules of the contest are simple: Write a comment below with something you are grateful for. It does not have to be about the game, just anything which sparks gratitude for you. I will announce the winner sometime early next year. Happy holidays to all of my readers, and thank you for being a part of a community which brings me so much joy.