If You Give a Girl A Brother

If You Give a Girl A Brother

If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a hand to hold.
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If you give a girl a brother, she’ll always have a friend

and, she’ll probably rely on him over and over again.

Once she realizes that he’s always there she’ll hand him her trust,

and for a solid sibling-ship, this confidence is a must.


If you give a girl a brother, she’ll always have someone to blame

when her blood is boiling and she’s too mad to remember her own name.

She’ll always have someone to run to when she’s in need of a good laugh

and when she’s at a loss for words, someone to speak on her behalf.


If you give a girl a brother, you can expect a lifetime of fights,

but to compensate, they’ll stay up watching movies and bonding many late nights.

At times he’ll be her worst enemy yet always her biggest alliance.

He’ll make her happier than anyone on this planet, and there is no denying it.


If you give a girl a brother, she’ll always have her half of a pair,

whether it’s for when she wants to dance, drink coffee or play Modern Warfare.

She’s always got someone to compete with, and someone to form a team.

A backbone, a driving force behind all of her amazing dreams.


If you give a girl a brother, you better watch your back,

because if her heart is ever broken, he’ll be ready to attack.

She’s always got protection, no matter the date or time.

He’s like her secret service, her partner in crime.


If you give a girl a brother, she’ll always have a reason to smile.

Someone to make every vacation, every road trip worthwhile.

She’ll always have the biggest critique, to point out every flaw,

but someone to respect them and see her with star-struck awe.


If you give a girl a brother, she’ll always have a hand to hold,

a shoulder to cry on, her very own stronghold,

and someone to support her in every endeavor.

If you give a girl a brother, she’ll be the luckiest girl ever.


God blessed this girl with three amazing brothers who are everything mentioned above and more. I love all three of them more than anyone could ever imagine and I am so thankful for all the days they’ve been my personal assistants, my therapists or my goofballs to laugh with. I really cannot fathom anything greater than having a brother — or three.

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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.
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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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10 Ways Living With A Friend Vs. A Random Roommate Are Completely Different

I can barely remember her major.

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Most college students are stuck with a random roommate their first year and live with the friends they've made for the rest of their college time. My experience is quite the opposite. My first roommate was random, but we came to be really good friends. After she transferred schools, I went with random roommates this year. Though I get along with them well and am happy with my living situation, we're really not friends, and that's OK.

Having lived these two experiences, I've noticed many differences between what it's like to live with your friend versus random people. Here are some of them.

1. Knowing where they are

Friend: Emily should've gotten home from her math class 20 minutes ago. Is she getting food? Is she studying in the library? I should text her and make sure she's OK.

Random: You know, I don't think I've seen my roommate for like, a week. Hope they're doing well.

2. Knowing facts about them

Friend: She grew up in a small town that's 30 miles outside of the state capital. She's majoring in psychology and wants to go to grad school. Ultimately, she'd like to be a school counselor in a small to mid-sized public school. Oh, and her favorite color is pink, and she has a golden retriever named Waldo.

Random: I think she's from this area based on her location tags on Instagram. I've heard her talk about a biology class before, so is biology her major? Or nursing maybe? Who knows??

3. Knowing their habits

Friend: She likes to study with noise, so she studies in the student union or listens to music. She's a night owl, so she's often up pretty late. She doesn't do drugs, but she enjoys a glass of wine every once in a while.

Random: I really don't know their study schedule, what time they go to bed, what they do for fun, or anything else really.

4. Spending time with them

Friend: We spend every evening watching TV together, unless one of us has a lot of homework. On the weekends we'll go shopping or to a restaurant to have some more quality time together.

Random: I've never done anything with them, which is fine because we have our own friends.

5. Sharing belongings

Friend: "Can I borrow your navy sweater with the white stripes? It'll go really well with my skirt, and I have a presentation today. You can wear this t-shirt of mine that you love if you want!"

Random: We share the hand soap in the bathroom and that's about it.

6. Cleaning the room

Friend: We should devise a cleaning schedule so that we are doing a fair share of the work and rotate responsibilities so that we're not always doing the same things.

Random: What's a schedule?

7. Talking with them

Friend: When I get home from class, I'm going to vent to her about how much I hate this professor. I also want to hear about her day, because I know she was up all night studying for that chem test.

Random: We'll make small talk if we happen to see each other, but we don't have conversations.

8. Decorating the room

Friend: Let's color-coordinate our bedding, wall art, and everything else so that the room is aesthetically pleasing.

Random: Let's just buy our own stuff and not care if it goes together.

9. Level of privacy

Friend: You don't really have any since they're always there.

Random: Since we don't spend time together, I'm always alone so privacy is rampant.

10. Level of drama

Friend: I'm used to talking to Emily every day, but she hasn't talked to me yet today. Did I do something wrong? Is it because I didn't get her anything at Starbucks when I was there this morning?

Random: Can't have drama when you don't hang out!

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