I had an interesting conversation last week about responses to "I love you." The most common response is probably, "I love you, too." Right? But what about a response of, "Thank you."
I suppose a lot of people would think that's a weird thing to say, or maybe even mean or wrong. But if you think about it, it really makes a lot of sense. Why would you say thank you? What are you saying thank you for? Well just think about that...
Aren't you saying thank you for loving me? I mean that's the phrase that started it all. It's saying:
Thank you for being there for me in every way possible.Thank you for challenging me.Thank you for pushing me to pursue my dreams.Thank you for encouraging and supporting me.Thank you for being patient with me.Thank you for listening to me... Really listening.Thank you for accepting my past, and dreaming with me about my future.Thank you for forgiving me when I screw up.Thank you for always wanting what's best for me.Thank you for being selfless and putting my needs before your own.Thank you for praying for me.Thank you for taking me as I am.Thank you for loving me... All of me.
So the next time someone tells you that they love you, think about what you want to say back. It's not a bad idea to say thank you, tell them why you're saying it, and then tell them how much you love them, too.
You pick me up when I fall down You ring the bell before they count me out If I was drowning you would part the sea And risk your own life to rescue me
Thank you for loving me For being my eyes When I couldn't see You parted my lips When I couldn't breathe Thank you for loving me
- from "Thank You For Loving Me" by Bon Jovi