Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You will always remember your first...Hege from Norway

I am just getting started so please bear with me. The title says it all-- as I write this, it is hard to believe my AFS journey as a host sister began a decade ago. I remember it like it was yesterday, me being in 8th grade and Hege, four years older then me. There were ups and downs including me getting very sick with an anxiety disorder and giving her a hug goodnight only to see her cry because she wanted to "help" me and my Mom telling her "that I had to do it myself". I got better but took quite a long time and I know my anxiety/eating disorder will always be with me. However, there were moments that were amazing--going to Disney and getting it on film, spending time with her, having her eat only pizza at first because she thought it was "safe", her love for ranch dressing, having her meet my family,etc. All of this I wouldnt trade for a minute both ups or downs. It was an experience and she was and still is like a "Mom" to me! I love her to death and am so blessed to have her in my life!

1 comment:

  1. This is very sweet. I remember most of my grandparent's exchange students. Still talk to some of them. They really do enrich our lives.