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I Love You

What do these three little words mean anyway? We use them often for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes we use these words with our kids when showing affection. I think you know what I mean if you are a parent and you embrace a child… it seems only natural to say I Love You at the same time as the embrace, or it does for me with my kids.

When we are in the heat of passion with a husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, or even someone we are in lust with, we can say these three little words… they seem to roll off the tongue quite easily under these circumstances don’t you think?

________I Love You____________I Love You__
_____I Love You Love_______I Love You I Love You
____I Love YouI Love Yo___I Love You Love You I Lov
___I Love You Love You Love You _______I Love I Love I
__I Love You I Love You I Love You I _________I Love You I
_I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love_______I Love You I
_I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You______I Love You
__I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Lo__I Love You
I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love
I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Lo
_I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You
__I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love
____I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love You I
_____I Love You I Love You I Love You I Love
______I Love You I Love You I Love You I
_______I Love You I Love You I Love I
________I Love You I Love You I Lo
________I Love You I Love You
__________I Love You I Love
__________I Love You I L
__________I Love You
_________I Love Y
_________I Love
________I Lo
_______I L

We say it to our folks and yet, for some reason, it doesn’t come all that easy to say to our siblings. Is this generalising? I’m not sure about you, but I only ever recall saying these words to my sister once and I have never told my brothers that I love them. Why is this?

I believe that unless some real bonding happens between siblings, the opportunity doesn’t arise all that often to say these words out loud, and it’s kind of an assumed understanding because unless you totally do not get along with your siblings, then the unspoken law suggests that we indeed love our siblings. But now, here is another thing.

I LOVE YOU can be used in more than one context! It has a different meaning when you are in love with someone than when you say it to a friend or relative. Those three little words certainly get around and are the most precious words you could hear. So today’s task is to be aware of how many times you say I LOVE YOU if at all and who you reference when saying it. I know I use it with my kids more than anyone else… maybe I need to pay more attention to my other half and let him know more often. Who is someone in your life that you could go up to right now and say these three little words too?


18 comments to “I Love You”

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  1. Great post! I can tell my spouse and my kids. I don’t have siblings, but to be honest, I don’t know if I would use those words so easily if I had had siblings. I reserve those special words for very important people, so that they maintain their meaning. I try to find other words of appreciation for friends, etc. Thanks for the read!

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    • Hi Pentad and welcome πŸ™‚ Yeah… the sibling thing is something to get your head around. It doesn’t come naturally as really, it’s a given, right? But just imagine if we did say it? There are times when my two girls are having a “little tiff” and and I have to step in and one of the things I get them to do is kiss and make up and say “I Love You” to each other. Whether this will stick into their later years we have to see and I believe if it is learned at a young age, why wouldn’t it become a habit that they keep up? well that’s my opinion anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi Ange,

    I check to see what you’re up to and here you are saying I Love You to everyone. LOL! πŸ™‚

    Right now, I can call all my children (male and female) and tell them I Love them. I can also go up to my wife right now and ask her if she needs anything, then tell her I Love her. During the day, I call her from where ever I am at least once, or send a text message. The end statements (voice or text) is always I love you.

    With siblings, all my sisters get the same words from me, for their birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, and whenever we part after an eventful night of dinner and movies. With my 2 elder brothers, it’s assumed to be part of the “good night, drive well, take care” phrase. I guess it’s a holdout of the “macho” thing.:-)

    I was never averse to saying these words whenever I feel like it, because I mean it. I have also always been “in love” with my better half and I don’t see that changing. As Gabriel Garcia Marquez said:”How mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love”.

    Love is an idealistic state, that’s why people in love remain young because of their idealism. We are not old because we have lived for a number of years, we grow old when we have given up on our ideals.
    πŸ™‚ –Durano, done!

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    • Durano… LOL! They are simple words and as easy to say as not to say them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your wife and children are very fortunate to have you as you are to have them. It is something that goes unsaid for many people and then there come regrets. It helps to be open and share your feelings with those that mean something to you as it is easier to be grateful when you do which then leads to a more abundant life!

  3. Hey Simon, it’s good to see you. Whoa!! Six brothers and six sisters… now that’s a big family. I guess it would make it even more difficult to say those three little words to them… it would never be quiet enough for you to think to say them πŸ˜‰

  4. Mary Ward says: May 8, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Yeah, the sibling thing is negotiable, definately. I have a large family, too (but not as large as Simon!). There are 8 of us–6 girls, 2 boys (lucky brothers, huh?). I find saying I love you to them comes more easily as we get older and it becomes aparent that there will be an end to this one of these days. Probably too many movies about people who never said it… Still, I only say it to a select few of my siblings–those I’ve bonded with more over the years, and the oldest who is just one of those warm people that anyone could say it to. My older brother probably has never heard I love you from me, and I still think it will be a long time before he does. He falls into my ‘unspoken but known’ category. My younger brother gets it in emails, since he lives halfway across the country (U.S.). It seems easier to say to someone you won’t be facing again tomorrow.

    My kids are a no-brainer, but it seems there’s an age thing. I have four of them, and the two older ones I seem to have to remind myself more, but I know that I told them all the time as preschoolers, which I do for my two youngest still. Maybe it’s just because they’re the two still left at home. Still, I know the importance and make it a point to raise kids who do not question my love for them.

    Now my parents….well, they were old school and didn’t say it much as I was growing up (probably has something to do with being #7 out of the 8!). As they age, though, they all of a sudden tell us, and now it’s awkward. We’re adjusting, but it’s funny how you can wait a lifetime to hear something and then when you do, you don’t knwo what to do with it! I try to force it out for them every now and again too.

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    • Welcome Mary! That is a great story about your siblings and certainly in emails is easy to do. Parents are funny though… they have their own way of saying “I Love You” when they are older… it comes in the form of “it’s cold out… do you have your coat?” or “are you going out like that?” or “have you done your homework?” It’s like they are always looking out for us and that’s just their way. Something to maybe listen out for πŸ˜‰

  5. Mary Ward says: May 10, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Good points, Ange! I’m sure my kids will realize with age what I did out of care and love…like I did with mine. I’ve still set a goal of making it simpler for them so that the question is never there!

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  6. Hi! I hear some people say “I love you” way far too often and wonder if it’s lost its true meaning to them. Not wanting to sound like a sourpuss, I think it should only be said to someone when you love them with all your heart and soul. As for me, I’m off to say it to my lovely wife. Take Care – Peter

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    • Hey Peter, those words can be said without meaning too, I realise that and you don’t sound like a sourpuss at all. I’m sure your lovely wife will welcome your words πŸ™‚ Peace

  7. Ange:

    You are so right. Those words are as powerful as “Liftoff,” yet they are just too difficult to say to some people. For some reason when we talk to our brothers or sisters I love you just doesn’t come up as often as it should. Like you say, if a bonding experience occurs, it seems to bring us the the point where I love you is easier to say. I have one sister, and neither one of us as ever said I love you to the other. I think we both feel uncomfortable. She was twelve years old when I left home, and in all of these years there’s never been anything to bring us closer together. After our parents died a few years ago, we just went our separate ways.

    A thought-provoking post, as usual.

    Have a nice day.

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  8. TheKisser says: May 31, 2008 at 4:43 am

    These three words ‘i love you’ is abstract…no one can explain it clearly..btw i really like the ‘love’ picture..