I felt this warranted a post being that the prerelease event I attended today really struck the core of me, so id figured id share here as I already have come to know how great everyone is here to one another and this was truly touching to me. So, I typically have a rough time going to any sort of tournaments/prereleases/etc (as I have lots of general anxiety and sometimes its hard to want to be around large crowds) but I decided to go today with my girlfriend to a card store that we did the prior one for Cosmic Eclipse at. The experience then was fantastic, so I figured why not.
The event itself was great: lots of great pulls from everyones boxes, loads of happy adults and kids playing and excited for the new set, and primarily great feelings all around. I love when things turn out as such, and more specifically, I love seeing how the younger generations react when getting the cards they wanted and having a good time. Its brings me back to my older days of playing and collecting when I first began with base set, so its always great to see.
However before the games started, a family was there which I recalled meeting my first prerelease. They remembered me, said hello, and then I watched as their younger son (must have been 8-9 years old tops) began to teach his younger cousin how to play with his mother trying to guide him through it. The little one was only 4 years old, had no idea what was going, and his mom was trying her best to just figure out how to play, which was when i caught the match going on and walked over. The older one of the two insisted I chime in and help out, I proceeded to help teach them both, although I know the little guy had no idea what was up (it was adorable though). In the end, I ended up making the right moves to win the match for him, and when I and his mother told him he won the smile that came across his face was truly moving. I mean, i dont get mushy at things much myself, but its hard to not get choked up when you see a young kid just happy as hell just to be a part of something which they enjoy.
After the match the mother thanked me a ton, and then the younger one sat out of the prerelease with his mom, but it really just brought me back to that great place of realization to why this hobby is so great. Its inviting to everyone, and in it theres something which we could all make our own and truly feel happy with and grow from, and just having the opportunity today to really make someone happy while also indulging in what ive come back to love again after so many missed years in collecting made the day complete. Its about all of us, young and old, coming together and just enjoying what we’ve all found a great deal of happiness and comfort in, and im really grateful for this and everyone here as well.
And, I got a cute Morpeko & Victini V