Where do I even begin?

Mom and Dad, you are two of the best people to ever walk this earth. You have helped me achieve my goals, and you are there for me no matter what. It is hard to put into words my love for you.

From a young age, you both instilled a hardworking mentality in me, and this attitude has helped me achieve my dreams thus far. In 6th grade when I decided I wanted to become a D1 athlete, no one supported me more. Every time I stepped on the track, hands shaking, adrenaline pumping, I would immediately grow calmer by glancing over my right shoulder and seeing my number one fans smiling at me. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be running for TCU right now if it were not for your constant support.

In high school whenever I got my heart broken, your shoulders were there for me to cry on, and I know they always will be. You both helped me heal every wound with your attentiveness and your loving concern. All I needed was someone to listen, and both of you never hesitated to lend your ears.

Not only have you been there for me through thick and thin, but you have both shown me what it means to love someone.

Growing up, I witnessed the perfect example of true love. It inspires me how much love and respect you have for each other. I have always wanted to have a love like yours. By watching you guys go through life together, I now know how I wish to be treated in life and in my own relationship.

When I decided to pursue writing for Odyssey, you both were excited at the opportunity. When I told you that I was officially an Odyssey writer, you both were even more excited for me. Your excitement only made me more eager for my Odyssey journey.

The reason I chose to write about you both for my first article is because without both of you I would not be the person I am today. Mom and Dad, I am so lucky God chose me to be your daughter, and I am happy I get to call you both mine.