In the meantime, this allows me to go to my oldest nephew's graduation in Florida, and perhaps to go to Disney World (no, I've never been) and to WizardWorld in Philadelphia. I'll still be around to help out with joust training, should the team so desire.
This is not an easy decision. It hurts my heart. But, it is the right decision. Nothing is forever, not my run at the Faire nor my time away from it.
*It is possible there will be a weepy "I'm not a jouster or sword-fighter anymore so what the hell (good) am I?" angsty post somewhere in the not-too-distant future.