I love you. Such a simple phrase, so much employed. I know I say it often - and often when I say it I think about what I mean when I say it. And I wonder, and hope, that when I say 'I love you' my shorthand will be understood. Because for me it is shorthand for oh-so-many things.
When I say 'I love you' I mean:
I think you are wonderful, capable, talented.
I feel secure and happy when I am with you.
I know that you can do amazing things, that I am in awe of your skills and abilities.
To me, you are incredibly beautiful.
You delight me.
You inspire me.
I like to be, and want to be, with you.
I miss your presence when we are apart.
I would do anything for your happiness and comfort.
I have confidence in you.
I trust you.
You mean the world to me.
You are absolutely precious, unique and irreplaceable.
All that and more. Truly. I mean it and hope it is felt. I really do.
Happy Valentine's Day.