I can and will say I'm thankful for you around the dinner table tonight. But what does that really entail? It means I love you, and that I feel fortunate to have found my soul mate (not everyone does). I know we argue, and we have our problems like anyone else, but we have a way of understanding each other and communicating better than most married couples. I feel blessed that we have what we have. And you're right in stating that it's worth fighting for.
I know I don't say it enough. But when I do...I love you means more than just "I love you". It means...
I love that you find my stretch marks sexy...even though I hate them.
I love that you take me in your arms and hug me when there's no other answer and nothing left to say.
I love that you put your arm around me and tell me that you love me every night in bed (for the first 5 minutes, anyway), even when we are fighting.
I love that you expect me to write.
I love that you encourage me and support me in a career that can sap every ounce of "give" that I've got, and that you know when to tell me stop.
I love that you don't put up with my bullshit, but that you accept me in spite of it.
I love that you listen when I just need to bitch and that you give good advice when I need it.
I love that you "talk" when most men don't (even though I often don't want to...especially when it's a serious subject - but you don't hide from it...you take problems face on and don't let me run).
I love that you care about the way you look, and the way that I look, and are better at choosing my clothes than I am.
I love that you notice when I change things about myself.
I love that you compliment me, especially when it's on something I don't notice about myself or think you will notice.
I love that you respect me and show me that you do by asking my opinion on important things.
I love that you want me and need me....and tell me.
I love that you support my hobbies and try to help me carve out time to do them.
I love that you help with the chores.
I love that you put your family first.
I love that you have a twisted sense of humor and that you can (almost) always make me smile.
I love that you read (smart men are hot).
I love that you have the ability and know-how to protect us.
I love that you can build things and have and understanding of "how things work".