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I love you for the way your face lights up when you see me.
I love you for your genuine and adorable smile.
I love you for the way you talk to me when I’m asleep, reassuring me that you won’t leave.
I love you because you accept me for exactly who I am.
Because you don’t want to change me.
Because you make me want to be the very best version of myself.
Because you make me feel safe.
Because you feel like home.
I love you for the way you walk on the outside of the sidewalk.
For how you hold doors open.
For how beautiful you look when you’re asleep.
I love you because I don’t know how not to.
I love you because you make me laugh, even when I’m really crabby.
Because you ask me about my day.
Because you care about my happiness.
I love you for being the absolute best dad I’ve ever known—for how much you love your kids.
Because you work so hard to provide for your family.
I love you because you hold my hand and kiss me in public.
I love you because you love me.
Because the only future I’ve ever seen is with you.
I love you because when things get hard, I don’t want to throw in the towel and run away.
Because you like my taste in music.
Because you are constantly teaching me new things without making me feel stupid.
I love you because I waited 42 years for you, and you are everything I ever wanted.
I love you for how great your ass looks in jeans.
For how you treat every person you encounter with kindness.
I love you because I know that’s one of the reasons I was put on this earth.
I love you for sending me books and sweatshirts.
For wanting to see me succeed.
Because you encourage me to dream bigger.
Because we never run out of things to talk about.
Because I’m excited every single time I see you.
Because you make me happier than I have ever been.
I love you because it’s the surest I’ve ever been about anything.
When you are having a bad day or struggling to feel joy, I want you to come back to this list and reread all of these things. I hope they help you to discover, and remember, how absolutely amazing you are.