Why Cousins Are Your Best Friends

Why Cousins Are Your Best Friends

They have been there since the beginning.

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When I think about my first true friends, the ones that come to mind are not the girls that I met on the playground in kindergarten or my friend that I sat beside on the bus. The only people that come to mind are my cousins. I think the bond that cousins share is special, but it is a bond that is often overlooked or taken for granted. Cousins have been there since the beginning.

They were your first playmate. Whether it was at grandma's house after church or at each other's houses, they were always down for a play date or adventure. For me personally, I am close with all of my cousins. I remember playing Barbies, house, kitchen, and the list goes on with my older cousin, Paige. We spent endless nights in the basement of our grandparents' house in our own little world, followed by sleepovers and the smell of pancakes the next morning for breakfast. We have confided in one another with life issues, boys, God, and just about anything else you can think of. We made a pact in that same basement when we were younger that when we grew up and moved on, we would always be close to one another, and we kept that promise.

I am able to talk all things basketball, movies, and TV shows with my other cousin, Daniel. He knows just about anything and everything about sports and Hollywood. He tells me which shows are good and which ones I could probably skip watching. He lets me know which movies are coming out and when and he is usually first in line to see them. He has a heart of gold and teaches me a lot.

On my mom's side of the family, I am the oldest of five grandchildren. I was able to hold my younger cousins when they were born, go to their birthday parties, feed them and change their diapers. We used to climb trees together in our grandma's backyard and play outside in the leaves. We are all very close and my favorite thing to experience with them is our family's annual beach trip in the summer. We stay up late playing board games and eating junk food, wake up early in the morning to race and put our bathing suits on to go to the beach, we take our family pictures, and the list goes on.

I'm thankful for my cousins and the bonds that each of us shares. I hope everyone has a special relationship with their cousins as I have with mine. I am blessed to live very close to my cousins so we see each other often and stay in touch. If you have cousins, I encourage you to let them know how much they mean to you and make sure you see them as much as you can. They are your first friends, your forever best friends, and the ones you can always rely on.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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For Your Best Girl Friend, Dump Your Boyfriend... I'm Bored

The best things about your girl friends.

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Social media is so deceiving lately, always posting about relationship goals or get yourself a man like this. Honestly, I'm tired of it and why don't we hear more about our girls? LET'S BE REAL! It's hard to be absolutely yourself around a boy, for it takes some time to break down those walls and really get comfortable with each other.

Reflecting on my college life so far, All I can be really grateful for is my GIRLS! Here are the best things about having girlfriends!

1. NO TEXTING RULES!

There is always that unspoken rule or constant animosity when texting a boy. When it comes to girls, there are no rules. I always love waking up in the morning and texting my group chats to see who is either down for breakfast, a study session, or just to check in to make sure everyone is alive. You can text and little and as much as you want and not break a sweat.

2. Unconditional Love

Whenever I'm getting ready for a big interview or for a special event, I always look to my friends for approval. Not only do they know what's in my closet and may suggest a better clothing item they really care about putting my best foot forward and telling me if I look my best in whatever I choose to wear. Sometimes the truth is something people avoid to share because they are afraid to offend someone, but friends will love you no matter what and just want you to be happy.

3. Movie binge

I always love Friday nights. My friends and I have made little traditions of gaining out to dinner, getting our favorite snacks, and picking a movie or Netflix show to binge on. Usually, we all go off topic and get deep into conversation and dance around like complete fools, but these are the memories I will cherish the most about college.

4. Girls squads

Personally, I feel more confident when I am surrounded by my friends whoever we go out to have fun. When you share a common interest of either singing as loud as you can taking a good car ride or just need a dance partner that you can bust a move on the dance floor, having your friends by your side makes every night that much more fun.

5. The good and the bad

It would be a fairytale if friendships were always peaches, but reality is... girls have their fights. Sometimes usually it always surrounds little things because we spend so much time together. The important thing about having healthy friendships is being open and communicate how you feel. Usually, little things get resolved and life moves on. If it is not a fight between each other your friends are there for you when your down or just not feeling your best. We need each other through college to stay and finish strong.

6. The best side kick

Maybe it is just me, but I love when my friends are down for anything like going shopping, getting food, going to the gym, and getting nails done. My friends and I are so close you would think we are related and I am so happy to have such great gals in my life that push me to be the best person I can be!

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