Your buddy solemnly professing it to you on your roof, the city skyline lit up behind him, you saying, “I know, man, I love you too,” in an almost consolatory fashion because it wasn’t easy for him
Your ex whispering it in your ear before getting into the cab that takes them away from you forever
Mother, her mantra, a reminder, every time you see her
Father, that one time you didn’t **** up, but at least it’s sometimes there behind his eyes
Your sister, even though she’s halfway across the country it picks you up because she’s the only one who understands you and how it feels
Grandfather, you’re ten, despite your size he wants nothing but to hold you on his lap and plant kisses on your head. “Te quiero, te amo,” he mutters into your hair until you finally make up an excuse to get up to go play with your cousins. It’s the second you’ve ever seen him. Maybe he knew it was going to be the last time
When your ex didn’t take you back, after your desperate, last, all out attempt. Crushed, you move and follow your “dream.” Later, much later, you realize they cut them self off from you so you could have it, the dream, they love(d) you so much they let you go because they thought they were holding you back.