According to surveys, 82% of people want to hear the words "I love you", but only 30% say it daily. The French are known for expressing their emotions, and La Redoute have recently launched their Language of Love campaign, which includes a heartwarming video of messages of love. Here's my open letter to the person I love most..
I don't know why I used to find it so difficult to express.. I love you. Maybe I was reluctant to admit how much I need you and care about you, in case you were taken away from me.
Something I say often is "thank you", but I hope you know how much I really mean it. You are always willing to help me with whatever I need, you are always there to talk to about anything, and (most importantly to me) you never judge me.
We have been through so much together, and I'm so sorry for any added stress I've given you over the years! You are the strongest, most beautiful person I know - always ready with a level head, and armfuls of advice and hugs. I may be slightly biased, but you are the best mum in the world.
When I was younger, I hated it when people told me, "you look like your mum" - but now it's the biggest compliment I could ever get. If I can be even a tiny fraction of the woman you are, then I'm happy. You're the best role model I could have.
Apart from the compliments that I didn't appreciate, I remember my childhood so fondly - full of laughter, creativity, trips to the beach.. you shaped me, encouraged me, made me who I am today. You have always made me feel like I can do anything, be anyone, and still be loved wholly.
You've taught me so much, from accepting the mistakes that we all make, having the ability to laugh at ourselves, the importance of generousity - not necessarily with things, but with time and love. You make me feel incredibly proud to be part of such a loving family.
I am constantly amazed at how you get through the tough situations that life throws at you. You have always been my rock, and I hope that you know that now that I'm a grown up (kind of..) you can rely on me too. I'm here for you, and I want to treat you to all the things you deserve.
I miss you all the time, and I hope that I'm making you proud.
Love you x
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