I love you… Me? Yes, you!


By: Suzanne Reisler Litwin

Sometimes you don’t have to say, “I love you” to mean it full heartily.  Sometimes your actions will speak much louder than words.  I’m a firm believer of what a person actually “does” speaks volumes rather than the words a person speaks.

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Not too long ago, I had a super crazy “Hockey Mom” kind of day. It was one of those chauffeur the kids from here to there all day.  For some reason, I was also a little late at each and every point.  I felt the pressure of getting the kids where they needed to be and constantly being late everywhere. The weather and driving conditions were also terrible. This wasScreen Shot 2017-01-23 at 10.48.24 PM quite frustrating as I felt my shoulders were lifted up to my ears for most of the day.

It started with getting my son to school at 6:30 am.  He was getting on a bus to go to a hockey tournament.  At 9 am I went to watch his first hockey game.  After that game I had to drive him back to his school as he needed to attend an important class.  An hour later his class was done, and I zoomed him back to the tournament.  I watched the second hockey game.   Then I picked up sandwich platters for the team’s lunch.  I brought the food to the team room and left the arena.

I zoomed home to prepare our family supper.  Then I drove back to the arena to watch the 3rd hockey game.  By the way, I love watching kids play hockey.  It is a lot more fun than watching the professionals.

After the third game, my son and I were finally on our way home.  It was around 5 pm now.  I was feeling ridiculously anxious, exhausted and had a mild headache.  I was probably dehydrated from the arena’s dry heat and humid cold air. I’m quite certain I didn’t drink enough water that day.

On the way home, my son politely asked me to stop the car so that he could run into a store and pick up a drink and snack.  Personally, I felt the need to get home, out of the car, into cozy clothes, and make a cup of tea – STAT! I stopped the car and quietly waited for him.  I closed my eyes and rested for those 5 minutes.Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 10.48.05 PM

When he got back into the car he handed me a beautiful heart shaped box filled with chocolates inside. He said, “Thanks Mom for driving me around all day and for the lunch.  My team loved that.”

All of a sudden, I no longer felt fatigue.  I felt the love and appreciation from my child.  Little tears came to my eyes and I said, “You are so welcome my love, you made my day. Thank you!”

I really felt his love.  He didn’t have to say it.  His actions told me.  Perhaps it’s the little givings that truly make the difference.  His actions expressed his feelings and that impacted me.

It really takes so little to mean so much

On this Valentine’s Day, think about the little kind gestures that might mean so much to someone else.  Sometimes, “Less is More”.   It’s nice to buy chocolates, flowers, cards, teddy bears, etc.  The stores are plentiful with this kind of merchandise.  Perhaps the notion of a simple appreciation and adoration is enough to show one’s love.  The efforts in preparing something special, a meal, an evening, or a moment will certainly suffice.  Grateful and appreciative actions are always welcomed.  Love comes in many forms.  Sharing is also caring.  Share something with somebody.  Share the love in a beautiful way as mankind and the world will certainly benefit from it.

A simple poem is so meaningful.

You Are

I have a secret

You mustn’t tell a soul

I am in love and

You are the one

It’s silly, yet so true

How can it be?

The special love of me that

You are the one

Take my hand

Hold my head

Rock and cradle me in your bed

You are the one

Tighter, closer

Squeeze my dear

Whisper dreams into my ear

You are the one

Forever is today

Tomorrow is the sun

I love you, my darling

You are the one

With love, xo Suzanne

Suzanne Reisler Litwin an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban newspaper.   She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her 3 children, Allyn, Taylor, and Duke and her husband Laurie. Suzanne contributes regularly to West Island Blog under her column “Keeping it Real”.  Please visit her website  www.suzannereislerlitwin.com
  to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.