People who love us, love us even though . . . (fill in the blank).
If I think about all the precious somebodies in my life who love me, I can say all these things with convicted truth in my heart:
I know you love me even though I start to fall asleep on the couch at approximately 9:15pm at night.
I know you love me even though you cringe when I start to sing.
I know you love me even though I’m not very good at keeping touch long distance and over time changes.
I know you love me even though housekeeping is not my forte.
I know you love me even though you give my kids more carpool rides than I give yours.
I know you love me even though sometimes the only way I can think to pay you back for a favor is with a chocolate cake.
I know you love me even though you’ve been the one listening to me gripe more than I’ve been listening to you – but I guess we know we’ll each get our turn. That’s the way life is.
I know you love me even though I don’t always have the perfect comforting words.
I know you love me even though you’ve had my family over for dinner way more times than I’ve had yours over.
I know you love me even though sometimes I lick the sugar crystals from the bottom of the bag of gummy-candy fruit slices and you tell me I’ve got a problem. I know this. I’m OK with it. And, apparently, so are you – because you do love me anyway.
I know you love me even though I experiment on you with new recipes – some of which turn out great, and some of which turn out really, really bad.
I know you love me even though I wear my hair in a pony-tail bun almost every day.
I know you love me even though my favorite zipper-hoodie sweatshirt is about a decade old and fraying at the edges. I love it, and you love me. It works for all of us.
I know you love me even though all these things and even more things – more awful and less awful. Little things and big things.
And I’m so grateful for you – each and every one of you that loves me anyway – with all my quirks and not-so-niceties, and faults big and small.
And I want you to know something:
I love you too.
The whole package.
Please remember that . I love you anyway and even though, and so does anyone that really, truly loves you.
You are loved and blessed and cherished.
And even if you and I have never met, if you come here to read every now and then, (thank you!), I know it’s true for you. And if you think about it, you know it’s true too.
Let’s all remember it, because that’s one of the most beautiful gifts of life. . .
That we all have somebody that loves us. . . anyway.
Original heart tattoo drawing found here.