Hey, I told someone I loved them today.
He told me he loved me back.
No, it’s not “the doode”. Sadly. It was a very close friend.
I didn’t get/feel the I LOVE YOU much growing up. Not that I wasn’t loved. I was. We just weren’t/aren’t a very touchy feely family. As I’ve gotten older it matters to me to say I love people. It doesn’t have to mean I am in romantic love with you. But, if you are my friend and I deeply care for you I will certainly eventually tell you I love you. I hug my niece and nephew to death and tell them I love them more than anything else I say to them. My favorite phrase with my 12 year old niece when we share I LOVE YOU’s is I always return with “I LOVE YOU MORE”. To which I always get a “I LOVE YOU MORE” It makes me smile until my cheeks hurt.
I know it can make people uncomfortable sometimes. Today I was worried it might. I don’t plan on saying it. But, sometimes, the timing, the situation, the conversation, the point in the relationship… dictates it. Today was once such day.
It’s more awkward and strange to say it to a male friend. I don’t give those I LOVE YOU’s out as freely to my male friends. Well, because, come on….. it can be weird.
But, today, it was accepted and given back immediately. And, freely.
I smiled until my cheeks hurt.
Isn’t it great to feel loved?