Love is not easy to put into words, especially a mother’s love, the depth of which is unfathomable.


Dear Son,


I can’t believe that soon I’ll be standing there watching you walk across a stage to be handed your diploma. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point. I’m proud of you, son.

Today is your day to shine. You’ll be nervous but I hope not scared, you’ve done your part. I don’t know how to tell you how proud I am of you. I’m glad that we have the mother & son relationship that is very rare, and that you know you can always count on me and talk to me about anything. (…na Yohani nagustressa ujye umbwira nkwereke!)

Son, you and I are a family, a small one maybe, but with all of the love, strength, happiness, caring, efforts, joy, fun times together (n’ubwo utera akavuyo nkongera nkabitunganya), trials we have faced together, sicknesses where we have taken care of each other, disappointments in friends, all of the life learning experiences, all help.jpgof our disagreements along with our agreements, the everyday ups and downs, we are actually an extremely large family in all that we have faced, and achieved. I love you immensely and always, with great pride, happiness and joy.


Always be yourself and ignore those that don’t respect that. Take risks, get in over your head and be spontaneous. Repeat. Be tolerant of others. You’re not always right. Plan but deviate often. If you fail, learn from it and fail enthusiastically. Just as you would in success, extract everything you can out of your failures. Never stop learning. Stand tall and be confident. Be proud of yourself, because you were created with intent and a purpose that requires you to be like no other. You’ve taught me a lot of things about myself and life in general; you’ve permanently changed me for the better. You taught me how to find joy in the moment. You have the gift of turning the mundane into amusement.

I am and will always be your best friend, for the rest of your life. I’ll stand up for you, help you, and provide you an endless array of …I’ll drop anything I’m doing in a second, if you need me.

imagesCONGRATULATIONS on all of the achievements and accomplishments you have made so far. I know you have many, many more to attain. This is just one chapter of your life that is closing with your graduation. God has blessed you with a good mind, good looks and health, and a good heart. So go forward on your journey Son, and do good. I am in your corner, your loudest cheerleader, and proudest Mother.

Congratulations Lionceau, INES-RUHENGERI Graduate Year 2014.

With all my love possible,




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