Say “I Love You”
I remember the first time that I told Tina “I love you.” I remember still today 32 years later that look of, Ant, it’s too soon, the Oh no, I’m not sure I love you “Yet” look on her face. I was about 27 years old and our relationship was just weeks old. And there I was telling this woman that I did love that I loved her. We continued to dissect the word love and the varied meanings of it. We compromised that the love I was talking about was a love that wasn’t the committing, I’ll marry you and live happily ever after kind of love. We resolved that the love that I was speaking about was a foundation of sorts, a lower degree of love that is less committing. I am chuckling as I write this because we’ve been married now for 32 years and am still in love.
Yesterday, I was shopping in Whole Foods, don’t you just love Whole Foods, well at least until you have to pay for it. Anyway as I rounded the isle, there she was longtime friend, Denise. A soul full, share the journey friend that I haven’t seen for the longest time. What a rush of joy and compassion. We talked and caught up, leading our conversation to our spiritual paths. Our souls touched.
As I hugged her “Goodbye”, I whispered in her ear, “I Love You”. She returned the gesture of closeness with, “I love you too.” We parted. I stood there, in awe of that moment, in awe of soul touching soul. In awe of that honesty we share.
So, this morning as I sat by my second floor window, overlooking our beautiful bay, my mind wandered, and reflected, as it does on these cold, late fall Sunday mornings. I thought about this “Love” thing and how little we share those words and feelings with those we love.
This Thanksgiving, as we gather with family, friend, and significant other, let your inhibitions dissolve, and share with them your love and appreciation for what they have brought into your world. Go ahead I dare you………Tell them you love them, it feels sooooo good!
TaTa .....for now……………