I’m an ‘I love you’ junkie. Once my friend told me that her Nan used to squeeze her hand three times when they were crossing the road. The three squeezes, meant ‘I love you’, and that was always a cute thing they did with each other.
I loved this so much that I stole it and now I do it with my family all the time. When my partner Sam and I first got together I fell madly and ridiculously in love with him at first glance, but knowing it would freak him right out saying; ‘I love you’ after only our second date, I would squeeze his hand three times. He had no idea what the three squeezes meant and would just squeeze my hand back, but I loved that in my own way I was telling him I loved him without him thinking I was a massive keeno nut bag.
Now we squeeze each others hands all the time. My five year old does it every time he holds our hands, almost without fail. It’s the bloody best.
On top of the hand squeezing we say; ‘I love you’ out loud a lot, too. I grew up in a family that was really affectionate and we would always tell each other we love each other.
I rarely hang up the phone or leave my mum or dad without saying those three words. Sometimes it’s said just through second nature and other times I really feel it with every fibre of my body.
My best mate Stace (who I run this site with), tells her boys she loves them all the time but rarely ever says it to her parents. Without doubt there is a shitload of love in her family and it’s just known amongst them how they all feel, but those three words never really come out of a mouth. This kinda shocked me when she told me this. I know our actions show how we feel even more than words often do, but I just assumed everyone said ‘I love you’ to their parents all the time.
I sat down with The Young Mummy, who like Stace, doesn’t drop the L bomb to her folks much, in fact she doesn’t recall every saying it aloud to them.
Do you say ‘I love you’ to you family?
Check out the chat with Sophie aka The Young Mummy below.