Today I've been 100 days in the states. It has for sure been the craziest but also the best 100 days of my life.
I do believe that everything happens for a reason. And I'm my case things turned out to be better than I could ever wish for. I know every exchange year is different and mine is for sure not an exception. My year started out as a rollercoaster, and when I needed it most I met some awesome heroes that I today get to call Family.
Due to sickness I had to move to a temporary host family just days after i arrived. I want to give a big thanks to Bonnie and Tim Grooms for taking me in for a few weeks.
And with thanksgiving being yesterday i wanted to give a million thanks to my permanent amazing
(host) Family - You're the best!
I remember feeling bad, homesick and alone. My teacher sent me to the nurse - You. I was scared cause I've heard other students talked about how you only gave out crackers. I remember walking in to the office saying "I'm sorry but I'm about to cry". And that's what I did. I cried my eyes out stressed from everything that had been going on. And you listened and I could se tears in your eyes. I felt bad for making you cry. But you made me feel safe and you gave me a hug, my first hug in a very long time.
Days passed, It was after school. I was on my way to parent pick up and just as I went out the doors of the front office I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and it was you - Nicole. You told me you wanted to speak with me in your office. I remember the words so well and the memory from it makes me laugh. You said "I know I'm not good at making food or clean the house but I want to be your family for the upcoming year” I’ve never been so happy before. You hugged me and I felt safe and finally home. And thats where this adventure started.
I'm so thankful for being a part of this crazy and amazing family and having you as my host mom. It's all thanks to you. You're just too nice and even when you forget your keys or ask me funny questions about Sweden you're still perfect.
Host dad. Yeah just like an alien as you always say. It must be hard having an international spy living in your house. I'm sorry you found my bag full of passports and fake IDs, you weren't supposed to see that. I'm thankful for when you saved me from turning into a bag of Swedish fish. I’m really pleased to have you teach me everything about conspiracy theories or quantum physics even if it most of the times scares me. Just as much as your jump scares or the monkey head in my room. But I love every bit of it and one day I will get you back.
I love hanging out with you, and when you show me new places like the waterfall without water. You make normal things fun, like putting the Christmas lights up. I can´t wait till I get to try those Hersey's chocolate things that I've never tried before. Thank you for being my host sister you're just amazing and I can’t wait until our next adventure.
( The only picture i had of us lol, and it would probably take us a few years to get a good one anyway)
Knäppa unge, your attempts to learn Swedish so that I have someone to talk to makes me really happy. Even though you steal my Swedish chocolate and NEVER share your food you're still pretty awesome. You better start practicing your fly swap technique cause I'm about to seek revenge. But I’m really thankful for you and I couldn't ask for a better host brother.
You're the cutest four-year-old I know. I love when we go zombie hunting or trying to kill Godzilla. And I'm sorry for tricking you with that I eat monkey sandwiches in Sweden, I promise you will understand when you get older. All your funny comments make my days. And I agree with you - Sweden is a weird place.
I feel home with you. You're my second family. I’m sorry for poisoning you with Swedish liquorish but I don't regret it because it was really funny. I don't think its possible to get a better host family than you even though you make fun of my Ranch addiction. I’m excited to see what the time we have left will be like. Cause honestly if we would face an zombie apocalypse I wouldn't want to be with anyone else but you. Thank you for taking me in, I will be forever grateful. I love you more than Ranch - and that´s a lot.