The Unspoken Three Words

It is weird for some people to say I love you when around parents

By  | Oct 19, 2021, 04:25 PM  | Relationships

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There are phone calls that I always dread when I am in the company of my parents. I am sure you already guessed which ones. That’s right, a call from bae. There is a certain feeling of not being so comfortable that sets in and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Especially if they have a sneak peek of whoever is calling, which means you now have no chance to excuse yourself to take the call outside or in another room. 

There are sensitive matters that can be a bit embarrassing to talk about in front of parents or even say out loud. If at all a man can be teased by his peers or friends just because of uttering this three words, ‘I Love You’, what about having to say it or respond to it in front of your parents? How do you feel about that? I would personally feel a bit weird and thrown off and I would probably find myself answering in gibberish or simply mumbling and saying aha. Being raised in an African household where those three words are unheard of since childhood, as if it’s a crime, does not help this case. Does this qualify as toxic masculinity?

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Aside from that now, I really wanted to find out if I was the only one sailing in this boat and it turned out that I am not. We are many in my boat haha! Took the opportunity and posted a post on Nalebrity Facebook account, asking followers to indicate how they would respond to this post.


A few followers shared my sentiments when it comes to responding with caution and this is what they had to say.


Others included their parents in their response to throw them off.

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Some followers wrote responses that would have them playing safe.


This four followers’ responses had me giggling.

However, there were followers who seemed to think it is no big deal because this was their response.


It must be nice for those able to respond as if it is nothing. You may argue that once you are an adult and all, you can most definitely do so but this is where you go wrong if I may say so. I am an adult and those words can never come out of my mouth when I am around my parents. We have a very good relationship and I am free with them but it can never be me. I just can’t, even if I am head over heels. 


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