|On the Roue de Paris with my mom!|
|The Heckel family at the Coliseum! Where dreams are|
I cannot talk about how blessed I am without talking about my parents and what they have done for me. My parents always taught me that I could do anything I wanted to, as long as I put my mind to it, and I am so lucky to have this mindset. My mom will do absolutely anything it takes to help me reach my dream. I told her that my biggest regret about study abroad was that I only did one semester instead of a full year. How does she respond? "Do you want to go again in the fall? I'm sure we can figure out something about your lease for the semester." My mental jaw dropped. Here's my mother, who has already given me so much more than she needs to, and she wants to give me more. No, my family is not loaded and this semester is making a dent in my (and probably her) savings. But she wants me to be following my dream so badly that she is willing to give me even more. I refused, for I know that one semester is enough. I need my full year at Gustavus before I graduate and start my "real life", whatever that may be, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate what she said to me. My mother is an amazing woman, and I would be no where without her. My father gave me the drive to do whatever I put my mind to, and my mother gave me the mindset that I am worth it, and that my dreams are never too big. I love her so much, and can't imagine where I would be without her.