Peer Fear is a terrible affliction in this club and so unnecessary! Getting to know Peers in their natural habitat, like on the list field, is fine, but there are other ways. Peers can be anywhere and everywhere, so when approaching an unfamiliar Peer it is best to keep a few general rules in mind. Remember they may be more afraid of you than you are of them! Although frightening from a distance, these magnificent creatures domesticate easily and can make very rewarding companions.
1) When approaching a Peer, do so from the front. Walk slowly. Peers startle easily, particularly Roses, and you don't want to set them to flight.
2) Distract them. It may help more skittish Peers, like Laurels, if you begin by letting them examine a sleeve hem or a work in progress. Show a Knight a new weapon or anything shiny.
3) Speak softly and use encouraging language and flattery. They may not understand everything you say, but they will respond to the tone of your voice. Avoid excessive bragging or arm waving. Rarer Peers, like Pelicans, can be easily intimidated by overt displays of passion. Laurels or Knights can become competitive or agitated and may charge.
4) Offer them food or drink. Many Peers can become cranky when sitting through long meetings, Courts or performing arduous tasks of A&S or service. Food or alcoholic beverages will often make them more placid and with a little work many Peers can become tame enough to take food directly from your hand. Remember to keep the food soft and easy to chew. Many Peers are old and dependant on Squires or Apprentices to cut their meat.
5) Approach them in groups. Peers tend to travel in clusters and can become anxious when cut from their herd. When approaching a flock of Pelicans or a pride of Knights, be careful to include all the Peers generally. Avoid singling out one Peer with direct eye contact and never turn your back on the rest of the group. While not meant maliciously, many separated and started Peers can accidentally trample you in an effort to rejoin their fellows.
6) Wear your Apprentice, Protégé or Squires belt. Let the Peer examine the belt or touch it. Many Peers feel more comfortable knowing another Peer has been there before them.
If you follow all these guidelines, anyone can form a lasting and meaningful relationship with a Peer. With proper maintenance, a Peer can be a faithful and loving companion and friend.
Fight the fear. Hug a Peer!
President of the Hug-a-Peer Foundation