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Susan's Blog

Saying "I Love You"

Susan Marek

Recently, my father has been ending our phone conversations with "I love you."  For some people, this may be routine, but for my dad, it is something new.  For all thirty plus years of my life (you didn't think I was going to give away my age that easily, did you?), I have known my dad loved me through his actions, but rarely his words.  Our physical goodbyes were hugs and pecks on the cheek. Our phone calls ended with, "Talk to you soon."  But within the past month or two, things have shifted.  At first, I was surprised, but I had presence of mind not to drop the phone or stutter when he said "I love you" before hanging up.  What was going through my mind was, "Who are you and what have you done with my dad?"  I thought maybe I had not heard correctly.  I returned the sentiment and hung up, still in shock.  The next time I spoke with him, I waited to see if he would do it again.  He did.  "Third time's a charm," I thought the next time we spoke.  By golly, he said it again.  I am beginning to like this habit. 

I am not sure what has changed in my dad's life to prompt him to verbalize his affection.  For some people, it could be an illness or a challenging time that causes them to reflect on their relationships and change their behavior.  For others, perhaps therapy.  To me, it doesn't matter why he has emotionally opened up.  I am just happy to be the beneficiary of this sentiment.

Today, please tell those special someones in your life that you love them.  Hugs are wonderful, but nothing beats a genuine, verbal "I love you." You will not only brighten someone else's day, but I guarantee that your divine light will shine all the brighter because of it.  Spread the love!