The conventions I attend are for my favourite TV show, Supernatural, with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. I'm sure most of you who know me, will have no trouble believing this. Basically, you get the chance to participate in Q&A panels, if you're brave enough, and have your photograph taken and collect the autograph of your favourite characters and miscellaneous guest stars from the show.
Now, I'm not going to deny that the draw of the convention is the guests. Well at least it was for my first convention in 2009. After that, the guests were just gravy. Not that my tiny little heart wasn't pitter-patting any less when having the Ackles and the Padalecki arms wrapped around you, but they were not the main reason.
A typical opening ceremony on the Saturday morning will leave you in your seat, heart in your mouth as the music plays, the introductory vid, made by our lovely Doug the MC, begins to play and 800 people (at least) start to clap and cheer and wolf-whistle like you've never heard before.
It's the people sitting beside you, and in front of you and behind you. It's the friends you have made and the people whom you would never have met, if it were not for this little TV show about spooky stuff and the longest road trip in history.
I have made friends that will last me a lifetime. Friends I now consider family. I posted on my facebook a picture of myself with three other women. Women who have empowered me, stood by me, loved me through the last three years, good times and bad. These women have become my sisters and I cherish them. Each Friday night, the first of the convention, we have a photograph taken of the four of us. It was a tradition started in 2009 and one we still carry on, and I'd like to share them with you...
|A3 - 2009|
|A4 - 2010|
|A5 - October 2010|
|A6 - May 2011 (Also Jaynee's Hen Night)|
So, if you've never been to a convention... I highly recommend them. You might find some of your missing family members, too :)