Ok, Mike and I went to the circuit assembly today at the MCA at the University of Maine (where I go to school). We made it through the first half and it went faster than I thought.
This is me and my friend Jenn (another ex-jw) the night before the assembly at 10:30pm getting drunk before heading out to the bar where we got REALLY drunk and danced and had a great time. Needless to say, I had the worst hang-over for the assembly...hehe (oh and I did not shower and I wore the same shirt)
When Mike and I got there, we got the "love bomb". We did not sit with the family because there were no more seats left but I wanted to sit in the back anyway. Everyone talked to me, and Johnna (the crazy one) actually talked to me!! I was very nervous about that. My other sister Jenn made me feel very comfortable.
Here is the inside of the place during the first talk. Mike and I sat in the very last row in the middle. We had two little girls on both sides who stared at us a lot. At one point, the girl beside me was picking her toes and something came flying at me. We did not have any books and did not stand for either the song or prayer and of course wispered through the whole thing. Mike was so weirded out by the "this world will end and the people will be destroyed" prayer. The fear-based God is an odd concept to him.
This is most of my family members on the stage. From left to right: Daryl B. and Paul M. both from the Milo congregation, my parents congregation. Milo was representing!! Then there is Jared my brother, then James my brother in law, then my mom and Stephanie who was a good friend of mine and who is one of the sweetest people I know.
My brother-in-law James giving his talk.
My sister in the second rown, Jennifer, she is video taping James giving his talk. How cute! You can see Johnna in the row behind her too, she is the crazy one.
My brother Jared giving the bible reading. He did very well.
My mom and Stephanie giving their talk.
Why, this is me trying to take in the spiritual food! Notice the evil man looking at us (to the right of my eyebrow). He must not have been paying attention to the fine spiritual food.
This is Mike attempting to blend in with the crowd. Notice the glaze over the eyes and the mouth agape (waiting to recieve spiritual food no doubt).
Hehe, Mike took this picture. There were several young adults in front of us, doodling, playing with transformers. I thought about asking them if they wanted to go to the pub with us.
Me, mom, dad and Jared. My head is huge, wtf? My dad is looking like an old man, I am not sure when that happened. I have been missing their lives.
My beautiful sister and her fmaily. Mike and I headed out to find them because they were eating lunch in their car. We had a great discussion and I felt very welcome by them and they seemed sincere. Jenn and I exchanged emails and we promised to email each other. I am very worried about her though, her and Johnna have very low self esteem and are both anorexic. Jenn looked to be about 130 lbs and Johnna possibly less...they used to be like me (size 10).
Well aside from my worries about the women of the family, seems everyone is doing well.