Well, while today’s quidditch tournament at Purdue was not our most fruitful, it was certainly a great experience in three ways.
(Afterthought: this post is bordering on “novella” length. You have been warned.)
1) Being able to play again for the first time since I dislocated my shoulder over three weeks ago made me really realize how exhilarating I find this sport to be. I was a little hesitant
2) There was SO MUCH BONDING over this weekend! I bonded so much much with my teammates, partially because it was so ungodly cold that we here huddling in penguin clusters for warmth and partially because I spend my weekends playing alongside amazing people. The fact that I draft out these tome-ish posts after every quidditch tournament weekend is a testament to how much I think about the ways in which my fellow snipes have touched my relatively brief life.
3) I’m dedicating a whole separate number to the extent at which I was able to bond with other teams this weekend. I know that there’s this whole athletic rivalry thing that is suppose to fizzle and pop between Purdue and IU, but one of the key tenets of quidditch as expressed by the IQA is community. I think that the folks at Purdue are fantastic players and people. I have enjoyed and learned from all of my encounters with them on and off the pitch, and I think that this world would be a better place if everyone sought out community rather than cling to petty rivalries. On the micro level, I hold this same belief when it comes to the Purdue quidditch team and all of the other people we get to meet at these frigid and awe-inspiring competitive spectacles.
Thank you for this weekend Midnight Snipes. I am really proud of my individual performance today as well as ours as a team. Let’s keep pushing to be our best when we participate in the Midwest Cup in two weeks!