The FFCC has always been known to build strong bonds within and between it’s member teams. Competition has a way of bringing us together. Recently, I was at a school camp and was approached by one of the students. I was asked if I knew another student at a different school located hundreds of miles away. I did and what followed was an experience that showed me, once again, that this activity and the FFCC can bring people together no matter how far apart they are!
Claudia and I briefly met over social media in the middle of summer 2015 and instantly became fast friends. After talking about guard, we found out that we have the same show designer/coach: Andy Snow. We found that we have so much in common from guard to the same mentality. At a show in 2016, both of our teams went to help another guard pull their floor. That’s when we unexpectedly met in person for the first time. It was a pretty priceless moment, I must say. Over the past year, Claudia has come to feel like a sister to me. She has been such a positive influence on my life by leading me closer to God and always reminding me to look at the positive side of everything. Despite the distance, we are still able to keep up this strong friendship via calling, texting, and FaceTiming. A friend like Claudia is hard to find these days. From constantly sending each other bible verses to talking about guard and drum corps, from helping each other through tough situations to literally never arguing, this friendship is definitely one I value. Who knew that one post about being excited for band camp would have been the initial start of such an amazing friendship? It’s so bizarre how people meet these days and I thank God all the time for crossing our paths in such an unexpected way. It’s such a pleasure to be able to have Claudia as a best friend and I am so thankful to be involved in such an amazing activity that opens new doors to new friendships.
When I saw Taylor’s post about guard online, I just knew I had to comment back. We instantly shared the same thoughts about guard and our teams. We also soon discovered that we have the same show designer: Andy Snow. We had more than enough in common. We branched outside of talking about guard and continued to agree and compliment each other in almost every aspect including our views on a circumstance or our morals. I told myself I wouldn’t cry when I met Taylor in person at WGI southeastern, but when we hugged and it instantly came all out because I was overjoyed and overwhelmed with happiness. I finally met someone that has become my best friend and like a sister to me. Taylor and I share a bond that is how I think a true friendship should be. We continually grow and Taylor constantly encourages me and reminds me everyday that there’s a beautiful plan that God has made. Taylor and I could never have met if she didn’t post on social media or if I never went on at that moment in time to see her post. Life works in mysterious ways and my life would be drastically different if I didn’t have a phenomenal best friend. If it wasn’t for winter guard, FFCC, and technology, Taylor and I would have never met and I give thanks everyday for our friendship that has been built on love for color guard and our beliefs.
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