This post goes out to Aellkynne – a wonderful wife, mother… and healer.
When we started playing WoW back in early 2006, there was no question that she would roll a healer. She is a nurturer at heart, which is why she is so good with our three children. She chose a druid, in part because it is a healing class, but also because of the appeal of the various animal forms.
We leveled together from 1-60, and reached the level cap just before the release of Burning Crusade. Until then we were both extremely casual players. Once we entered Outland she became more serious about the game. She was the leading healer for the guild when we first went into Karazhan at level 70.
She doesn’t theorycraft or min/max or use cookie cutter specs and rotations. She doesn’t usually top the healing meters. Yet people always seem to stay alive when she is the healer for a run. She knows her class extremely well through experience and perseverance rather than by doing what others tell her to do.
She encouraged me when our guild reorganized and I became GM, and has been a steadying influence through inevitable bouts with guild drama. I never wanted to promote her to a guild Officer position because I didn’t want any appearance of favoritism. It was only when the rest of the guild leadership demanded it that I finally promoted her. She earns the respect and trust of everyone who she interacts with.
I bounce all of my guild decisions off her first. I know that she will give me an opinion based on a caring approach rather than from the “raiding first” mentality that sometimes creeps into my mind. Every guild leader should have someone like that – a confidante who thinks about the people behind the avatars.
She is able to balance taking care of our kids and doing regular household chores with herb farming for alchemy mats for the guild’s use.
OK, so I have paid for every mount she has ever owned, and most of the training as well. But is that such a steep price to pay for such a WoW Goddess?
Aellkynne, I love you for being who you are. You’ve kept Lifeblooms rolling on my heart for all these years. May our love never be nerfed. Happy Valentine’s Day.