It’s 8 am and Jessica and I are stuck in traffic on North College Street. You see, we were suppose to be on the Auburn Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) front lawn by that time. Needless to say, being late to our set-up time for a tailgate -which suffered endless set backs and complications in its conception – was the icing on the cake. Those set backs include, but are not limited to, the unfavorable kick-off slot of 11 am for the Ole Miss game. The attempts to coordinate with the BCM’s reunion. Then the plans for food falling through. Oh, and let’s not forget the HURRICANE looming down on us, threatening the already beleaguered tailgate from happening.
“Yes, that’s probably why we call it the Auburn Family.”
We have food, tv, and CORNHOLE!! pic.twitter.com/9v5oWLZAZv
— E2C Network (@E2C_Network) October 7, 2017
I say all this not to complain, but to help you understand what took place for our tailgate to happen. And most importantly, to remind myself of why it was all worth it in the end. The simple reason is Auburn is community.
Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It can also be described as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. While there may not be one thing we can definitively put our finger on regarding the definition, we as the Auburn faithful know it’s there. Yes, that’s probably why we call it the Auburn Family. No matter the definition, I saw its clear manifestation as the day unfolded at for our second official E2C Network Tailgate.
Friends, old and new, popped in and out throughout the day. Some to say hello, some to grab a bite to eat, but some even to just sit and hang out a while, with a football game in the background. I saw this community in the our staff member’s and contributor’s efforts to produce and support the best possible event. I saw it in the many members of the Auburn Family milling about downtown before, during, and after the game. As much as we hate morning football games, it does give you a unique perspective about of our fandom. It’s very strange watching families young and old rather than the usual night life after the game.
“The simple reason is Auburn is community.”
I saw community in the BCM’s final reunion before its eventual building demolition. If you want a sense of how deep the roots on this group within the Auburn family grow, ask the members of the class of 1963 who arrived first. I have said before why the BCM is so special to me and I won’t bore you with it here. We will forever be grateful for what the building has meant to myself and this Network. We thank you for your partnership and are excited for your future.
There are too many other thanks to dole out but I’ll try a few. To the Network contributors – thank you for your tireless support and promotion of the event. To the Network staff – thank you for the patience and flexibility in trying to make a dream a reality. To those who participated in the festivities – thank you for sacrificing your time to spend even one second with us on gameday. Most of all thank you, yes, you, the reader. Whether you had the chance to be there our not, the reason we do events like this is because of you. So next time come on out and reap the rewards. Thank you for being you, the Auburn community!