I had one of the best days ever. And I actually mean that. Yesterday was Deep Sabbath Part 2, when Oakwood comes up and visits Southern and we show off to them. I went to Deep Sabbath Part 1 which is when Southern goes to Oakwood and absolutely LOVED it. I fell in love with Oakwood instantly, and it was so awesome to see my friends and just experience all that they had to offer.
Yesterday my best friends from middle and high school visited. You have to understand that these people were literally my family. They looked out for me, kept me safe, called me out on my crap, and supported me when I needed them. We’ve been talking about Deep Sabbath for months; we haven’t seen each other since December. We have only seen each other twice in the last year, despite the fact that we basically became the people we are and grew up together. So we have all been understandably excited, and the day of our reunion was FINALLY upon us.
Our former choir teacher from our junior and senior year actually lives less than 10 minutes from the campus and offered to host the small army of college kids at her amazing house, which is no small feat. She knows us, she knows how we all love to eat. AND extra people were coming. But that didn’t deter her from inviting all of us over.
So after a pretty bland service at Collegedale church and a quick tour of the girls dorm where one of my Southern friends and I cracked up as they wondered hopelessly around the building, trying to naviage themselves out, a caravan of Southern and Oakwood students headed over to our teacher’s house.
Once there, I got to see even more people that I had literally not seen in years, and funnily enough, friends from Southern who I barely ever see. So not only did we have a mini Atlanta Adventist Academy reunion, there were even more mini Southern and Oakwood reunions going on.
We had an amazing meal fit for a king, and the conversations that followed were even more fulfilling. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that freely or that hard. These are the people that know me, know how I am. Have contributed to the person that I am, and still accept despite being there for all my mistakes.
We played games for a couple hours, some weird round of charades and a LONG crazy round of Apple to Apples: Bible Edition.
We all chilled out for a couple hours before heading over to Southern for the Studio 4109 show which was AWESOME. I wanted to show my friends something that I could be proud of, something unique to Southern. And the show didn’t disappoint. Bietz was amazing, the skits were hilarious, the music ON POINT. And the special music guest, cello player/beat boxed from Pentatonix. You can’t really beat that, can you?
They had an amazing time here which made me have an even more amazing time. It was wonderful to be around my people; to feel so free. God knew exactly what I needed. He knows that I’ve been struggling, and he sent me my friends at just the right time. So happy right now, and I hope I stay that way.