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Why Teammates Make The Best Friends

Some of life's sweetest gifts are surprises.

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One of my college teammates got married this weekend, and the whole weekend was way too much fun. With life taking us all in a million different directions, I haven't seen some of these girls in almost two years. And after spending almost every day together for three years, Snapchat and group texts don't really give you the connection you're used to having.

The thing about teammates is, you go through a lot together. Not just regular friend stuff. You go through physically demanding practices, when you're not sure why you signed up for this in the first place. You endure ice baths that make you question life itself. In our case, you go through coaching staff change after coaching staff change, and try to work through the trust issues that brings. Then on top of all that, you have the long hours of travel for games, the "random room assignments" or really just sleepovers for away trips and countless locker room laughs. Sometimes games get intense and you yell at one another. Sometimes you fight. Well, I can think of more than a couple of times I've yelled at one of these girls and they've yelled back at me. But families fight, right? We always hugged it out in the end.

I think teammates make the best friends because you really don't pick each other. You're placed in one another's lives. You're in the line-up next to them or you're on their practice team, and next thing you know, you've been roomates for two years. Then you blink and you're at one of their weddings, talking about your benefits packages and furniture sales. Where has the time gone?

When I think back to the time I played on the same field as these ladies, I don't remember the ice baths or the fitness tests. I really think about dancing in the locker room before games and singing on the bus rides. I think about the crazy things we did together, and how easy it was to just do life with these girls. And honestly, those same exact feelings came back this weekend, when it was just my teammates and me. I'm grateful for this bond we will forever share. We didn't ask for it. It was just the greatest gift.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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