A post on the effect of proper context. I’m amazed at how you can say the exact same thing in 10 different ways and have 10 very different meanings. So goes LOVE…
“I love you” – preceded by “aww”, because of something you did that was extremely thoughtful and considerate of me.
“I love you” – while staring dreamily into your eyes when I realize how blessed I am to have you in my life.
“I love YOU” – so that you’ll know that this heart and these feelings are exclusively yours.
“I LOVE you” – in answer to your unspoken question when I’ve inadvertently offended you to prove it wasn’t intentional.
“I love you” – between breaths after mind-blowing sex.
“I… love you” – as a declaration of my commitment to you just before I get down on one knee and propose.
“I love you” – reaffirming the joy I have in providing for my family while heading out the door to work.
“I love you” – with a slight inflection while on the phone to let you know that I can’t wait to see you when I get home.
“I love you” – because of the way you love me.
I’m sure there are probably a hundred more I could come up with. I readily admit to having used every single one of these with my wife at one point or another. I believe that when you’ve given your heart to someone who values and cherishes it so deeply, you can never say “I love you” enough.