#Reverb10 – Ain’t no party like a Midwest Party

I like to party hard.

Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.

I’ve been to a few parties this year. I even went out to a bar at least once. Most of the parties I’ve been too have been with the same group of people, namely, my Eldaraenth LARP buddies. They take me out into the woods, beat me with foam swords all day, and then, around a nice warm campfire, get me plastered with such deliciousness as Captain Morgan’s and Green Hawaiian punch or, if money is an issue and the Admiral pulls rank, Admiral Nelson and generic store brand cola.

Late at night, around that fire, with a beautiful sky overhead, I really feel open and free. Its a calm, peaceful feeling to be surrounded by people that you can trust and just openly and honestly let yourself go for a while. Its actually that feeling that keeps me going back, month after month, to deal with all the little dramas and fights that pop up. But, hey, that’s what family is all about.

The memories of those nights usually carries with me for a few days as the sweet smell of wood smoke slowly fades off of my jacket. Boring days of work and long nights of television and internet subsidized by the memories of sea shanties, roasted hot dogs, and late night awkward confessions. These are the times that forge eternal bonds that can never be fully broken. Those nights are the times that make us as people.