I love you can be said in many different ways.
French: Je t’aime
Spanish: Te amo
German: Ich liebe dich
Italian: Ti amo
Romanian: Te iubesc
Scots: (LOL) Ah loove ye
Scottish Gaelic: tha gaol agam ort
Swedish: Jag älskar dig
(all of the above were found at http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/iloveyou.htm)
However, I think the most effective expression of our love is through our actions.
I recently read Dear Mr. Knightley by our very own Katherine Reay. In it Sam says this, “I want him to come before me. I don’t care what it costs. Giving him the truth and fixing the hurts I’ve caused is more important that anything I think, feel, own, expect.” A few paragraphs later, she goes on to say, “If I’m going to truly love…I need to be real. I need to be present.”
These are powerful statements. When we come to our last days here in these bodies, will we regret that we didn’t spend more time working? Or will we regret not spending enough time with those we love?
Our spouses, children, and various other family members (with a few exceptions, of course) want us to BE there for them. Quality time is all well and good, but quality time is only found in quantities of time.
So, today’s post is short so YOU can go spend time with THEM. Do something special. Write an I LOVE YOU note and send it in the mail. Fix a special dinner or a special dessert and CELEBRATE time with your loved ones.