Dance has been my whole life for the past 12 years.. I have been on a competition team for the majority of those years, and basically grew up with a group of 8 girls.. We are team mates, best friends, and a family. We would do anything for each other, and tonight at practice that was proven. There are 3 of us who have been particularly close because we spent more time together and are each others ages. Paige, Anise and I have had so many hilarious memories together and they honestly have been 2 of my closest friends growing up. We travel to competitions and performances, and it is so much fun every time we are together. I cant even name how many times we have cried from laughing so hard at each other on such trips. This year we are going to Scottsdale, Arizona. We were looking so forward to making more memories with each other and having another unforgettable trip as a team. However, Paige announced tonight at practice that she won't be dancing anymore. It came as a shock and we all started to cry. We had lost members before, but each time is still hard to accept that we will be missing a girl on the team. Priorities change, life becomes busy, and eventually we all have to grow up sometime. I guess this is Paige's time. We completely understand why she has stepped off of the team, but It will be so strange to have her gone.
Wow I'm making it sound like she died! I promise she's okay haha. Its just that this group of girls stood beside me last year and supported me wholeheartedly. Paige is an amazing girl, she has such a big heart and looks out for everyone. I know she always had my back when people were being judgmental towards me, and I really appreciate that so much. Last year, our team really turned into a family. They showed me that it doesn't matter what mistakes you make, it's what's inside that defines you. They loved Cash so much! We started calling him "Champ" while he was in my belly, after our "Championship Team" (thats what we're called). One of the girls came and saw me in the hospital right after I had him. Their support helped me make it through the days I felt alone, and I don't know what I would have done without them.
Paige, you are the definition of a friend. Words really can't describe you.. You're just Paige. Or Garby. Or Fetus. Whichever you prefer haha. We have had such fun times together, and I will never forget them. I could go on and on for hours about the funny things we did, but I'll refrain cause most of them are really embarrassing haha. I just love you! The Team loves you! I don't know anyone who doesn't love you! You will be greatly missed- but you will always be in our hearts with us on that dance floor. Good luck in everything you do, we're all rooting for you. <3