I upendo my parents.

I don't know how I'll live without my parents, because I realize that they are the only people I'll always have. Marafiki don't last forever, and partners don't either. But your parents... they stick with wewe from the beginning until the very end. Even when they leave the world, their memory and their wise lessons guide wewe throughout life. The upendo your parents have for wewe is the strongest upendo ever felt kwa humans. And I think it would be idiotic to say otherwise.

I fight a lot with my parents. I become insolent and harsh with them at times, and sometimes, I exceed to such limits that I make my mother cry. I make my parents fight amongst each other just because of me and my mistakes. I've done a lot to hurt them. I've lied to them, I've betrayed them and I've hurt their reputation. I always seem to want zaidi from them, without realizing that they have aliyopewa me zaidi than they have ever aliyopewa themselves.

But in the end, Mom, Dad... I upendo you. I get worried when wewe come to pick me up from school late. I start panicking, praying to God that both of wewe are fine. Dad, when wewe go on a business trip for a week, I get anxious on the third day. And I start asking my mom when you'll be back. Mom, I can't even imagine staying away from you. wewe went away for a week for a job, and nothing seemed right in the house. I feel like screaming when either of wewe are upset. My head starts to ache when either of wewe gets sick. Even though I don't onyesha it, I need wewe guys in my life because honestly, wewe mean the world to me. If there is no one else in the world but wewe guys, trust me, I would be happy. Because I know that no one will ever keep me as happy as wewe two.

You've done so much for me, and I apologize that I'm not able to give wewe as much. Dad, wewe work for my education, for luxuries in my life, to give me happiness. wewe worked so wewe could give me a perfect childhood. wewe carried me around on your shoulders whenever I wanted to. wewe took me out even when wewe were sick. When my brother was sick and my mother was in the hospital with him, wewe became my mother as well as my father. wewe cooked me food, even though you've never done it before in my life. wewe ironed my clothes and wewe tucked me into bed. Even now, wewe give me whatever I want with a smile on your face.

wewe cry when I'm sick, Mom. wewe stay up at nights and care for me, making sure I have all the medicines I need. When I can't be bothered to eat, wewe willingly feed me yourself. I've never told wewe this, but I upendo eating from your hands. When I come nyumbani from school, wewe give me the biggest hugs. When I'm upset, you're upset. When I'm happy, you're happy. I know sometimes I fight with you, scream at wewe and think that wewe want me to be perfect... but deep down, I know that's not true. Whatever wewe do, it's for me. It's because wewe want to make me a better person. Mom, when my brother died, I saw how broken wewe were. I saw it in your eyes... but I was young- I was just 9. Despite the pain, wewe put a smile on your face so I could have another chance of a proper childhood. Despite that fateful incident, wewe try to be happy just for me. wewe tell me that I'm your everything... your son AND your daughter. I can't even begin to thank wewe for everything you've done. And I can't even begin to apologize for how many times I've hurt wewe deeply.

Mom, Dad... I know I've done a lot of things... but I know and wewe know that I upendo you. And I always will.