A long time ago…
When I was young, I wrote “I love you” on all of my Valentine's cards for school. My sister stopped me, laughing of course, and told me I couldn't “love” everyone. I was so confused and embarrassed, but the truth was, I did love everyone. Innocently, I loved them all. I was so happy to have friends. So happy to know them all. My mother interrupted and said, “If he wants to tell everyone he loves them, let him!” So, I continued writing “I love you.” on all of the cards.
Back at school…
As I handed out the cards, all the kids approached me afterward (It caused a scene in the classroom to a certain degree), some said “Thank you.” others said, “Oh my God!!! YOU LOVE ME!!!” and others said exactly what my sister said. - This time the teacher interrupted and said something to stop the parade of students at my desk. I was so embarrassed, but mostly I think I was just sad to learn that I couldn't “express love” to everyone the way I thought I could.
As I sit here on Christmas Day 2017, with so much love in my heart and I am texting people who have become so important to me, I can't help to think how much I truly do love them all and how many times I get to say “I love you” the way I always wanted to. If you are one of them, I want to say “Thank you!” and say “I love you!”... And say... “Oh my God!!! YOU LOVE ME!!!”
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Amended December 26th 2017: I wrote this yesterday in the middle of my morning coffee after presents were opened. My heart full. Then, my family went to the movies, we fought over some silly words. I opted out of the movie and walked home. Took a few hours and gave me time to think... who knows where that leads... Until next year!