I think there are two schools of thought when it comes to saying the words “I love you.”
- Say it sparingly, saving it for those moments when you truly want to communicate the depth of your caring for another person.
- Say it as often as you’d like, because if you feel it, no amount of times could possibly cheapen or properly convey the sentiment.
I must admit, I subscribe to the latter, though I didn’t put much thought into it until recently. My ex and I said “I love you,” oh, 10 times a day, easily. He said it and I said it back. I said it and he said it back. We both said it and we both said it back, up until, oh, an hour before we broke up. Hence, I’ve thought about what it means to say “I love you” a lot or a little. I still think I am the type to say it a lot, but I’ve definitely learned that others are not like me, particularly many men, but as I don’t want to generalize, I went to the guys on my IM to find out what their ILU philosophy is.