special appearances and interact with the crowds. Although surprised by their instant celebrity status, it has made them more driven in their quest to teach history and give back to their community. When visiting retirement homes, Francis I has knighted seniors, thanking them for their contributions to society. They playfully quiz small children, encouraging them to learn more about the past and they invite groups to learn about periodic costumes and how weapons, candles, even drinking vessels were once made.
“We all remain motivated by the common root of giving and sharing communal good works, all for the betterment of others.”
“It is beyond a hobby,” Tom remarked. “We all remain motivated by the common root of giving and sharing communal good works, all for the betterment of others. I can honestly say that these are some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met in my life. But,” he bemoaned, “it really is hard to find a good crown these days!”
With or without his crown, Tom stands as a perfect guardian of our history. A charming, intelligent man, he holds the absolute belief that there is a common good in all of us and that together we can make a difference, though sometimes, it does help to be king.
Photos courtesy of the French Court. Used with permission.
MansfieldNOW May 2008