I love being visited by this rad shorty! We only had a month to get to know each other before she decided to leave me for those L.A. beaches but she’s by far my favorite person I’ve ever met. It took one day of hanging out for us both to know that the friendship we had just started would be one that’ll last. I love that even though you aren’t a musician I can play you songs for hours and watch you take in the music with as much enthusiasm as me! You’re one of the only people whom can I talk to through music and as a real person. You always keep it real and I’m happy that I can get honest opinions from you. You are such an amazing person and you have a beautiful soul/personality/heart. I miss you so much bro and I can’t wait till you visit me again! Promise me you’ll always bring the bay to L.A. okay?
On this day one of the strongest, and bravest people I know turns the sweet age of 16! I’ve known this girl since she was born and I’m happy to say she’s like a sister to me. Amaya, I am so proud of the young woman that you have become and I feel so honored to be able to be apart of your growth. You constantly amaze me by how confident and sure of yourself you are, you know what you want and you stand by your words and I love you for that. I hope this year is amazing and I’m so excited to continue seeing you evolve and mature into a woman. Happy Sweet 16!
I love seeing this picture with my best friend in the whole wide world! My Mme (grandma in Tswana) is one of my favorite people, and she probably knew me better than anyone until she and my grandpa moved back to Botswana. Words can’t explain how much I admire and look up to her. She is my hero, and just looking at pictures of her and hearing her voice are enough to fill me with comfort and a feeling of home. I remember crawling into her lap when I was younger, my face streaked with tears as my mom left. She would hold me and rock me back and forth while humming or talking until my muffled sobs subsided. I think it’s safe to say that all those hours of humming with each other have influenced me to start making up songs on my own. Thank you so much Mme for being a positive female role model and inspiring me to always push for the best and to never settle for anything less than I deserve. Because of you the idea that anything I want in life is within reach has been instilled in my mind, and because of you I know just how much power a woman can have. You are such a strong woman and I hope that I can be at least half the woman you are in my lifetime.