#rememberreminder: There Are Many Ways to Say ‘I Love You’
As I close my front door behind me, I hear my daughter Zoey’s feet before I even see her. She scurries across the kitchen floor and then jumps up into my outstretched arms.
“Yay,” she gently sighs as lays her head on my shoulder. “You’re home.”
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‘I love you’ can be said in so many different, wonderful ways, without even speaking those three words:
It can be said in one word—‘Yes’—or in two words—‘I know’—and in four words—‘You matter to me’—and in more—‘I don’t know what I’d do without you…’
It can be an answer—‘Of course’—and it can be a question—‘How can I help?’—and it can be a solution—‘Don’t worry. Take a break. I’ve got this…’
‘I love you’ can be said with outstretched hands or big bear hugs or gentle pats on backs. It can be said with the offering of a shoulder to cry on and with tiny, tender kisses and when the Tickle Monster comes to visit…
It can be heard when two lonely hearts finally meet and felt when two bodies intertwine and found when two eventually becomes three, or sometimes even four or five or six or more…
It can be whipped up with home-cooked meals and passed around with plates of fresh-baked cookies…
‘I love you’ can be handed over with a morning cup of coffee and in the quiet, careful transfer of a sleeping newborn in the middle of the night…
It can be playful—‘Who loves ya?’—and serious—‘I do’—and span continents—‘Te quiero,’ ‘Je t’aime,’ ‘Ti amo’…
It can be said with words of gratitude and kindness and patience and understanding.
‘I love you’ can be heard—and found—in so many places, as long as you remember to pay attention.
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Zoey wraps her legs around me as my arms encircle her waist. We stand there for a few minutes, enjoying our quiet, tender moment together. But then, after I set her down and kiss the top of her head, I finally speak: “I love you, peanut.”
Because although our gestures and other words often carry the same sentiment, it’s still always important to speak that simple, sweet trifecta out loud from time to time, too:
I love you.
Let Us Know: What’s your favorite way to say ‘I love you’ without saying those three little words? How do your loved ones tell you or show you they love you in fun, creative, or unique ways?
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