Monday, August 1, 2011

Mags Said: Saying "I love you"

Growing up I never heard the words "I love you".  I can honestly say that I do not remember any affection shown by my parents or siblings.  We kissed and hugged the babies/small children but no affection was ever shown by the adults.  Actually, when my sister Edith died 20 years ago, my sister-in-law warned me that my brother might hug me.  The fact that she had to warn me is pretty sad.

For a while after my sister died we did say "I love you" and would hug each other but that quickly stopped.  Personally I craved the hugs and affection.  Luckily I had friends who affection was not a problem for.

When I moved to Edmonton I would end telephone calls with my family with a quick "love you" and might get a response back but most of the time I would not.

Enter Sean....

Sean loves to cuddle, hug, give quick little kisses and say "I love you" probably 100 times a day.  I am in my version of Heaven!  I love hearing "I love you" from both Sean and Robbie and tell them both that I love them constantly.

When my sister-in-law found out that Sean and I were getting married she asked if we were a "normal couple".  I had to ask her what she meant.  She told me "you know, hug, kiss, hold hands, the opposite of your family".  I assured her that we were definitely a "normal couple".

Tonight while we were doing some shopping I mentioned to Sean that I knew the first time that Robbie said "I love you" to me he did not really understand what the words meant.  Even knowing that my heart jumped at hearing those simple words from my little boy.  There are times that I have tears in my eyes hearing those precious words.

I am so happy that we are showing Robbie that love and affection is an important part of families and life in general.  Robbie will ask for hugs and kisses, say "I love you" to us.

Three simple words but they mean so much.


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