I love you
And sometimes I really mean it
I love you
I say it when I leave the house
I say it when we end a phone conversation
Just in case, I want my last words to be I love you
But sometimes
I see the trash cans at the curb
I smell the freshly brewed coffee
I hear your footsteps in the early morning, rising with the kids
I see the way you look at me
and in those times these three little words carry all their deserved weight
I love you