At a recent marriage conference, a man sidled up to me and began talking while keeping an eye on his wife nearby, clearly trying to ask a question before she noticed.
“So,” he said in a low voice, “I say ‘I love you’ a lot. But it seems to sort of bounce off. It’s like she discounts whether that’s really true because it’s such a common phrase. Is there something I can say to her that won’t just be background noise, so she’ll really hear and understand how much I love her?”
Ah. I get it.
Yes, I told him, there is such a phrase. Are you ready? Here it is (drum roll please):
“I’m so glad I’m married to you.”
He seemed a bit puzzled, and you might be too. So I’ll tell you what I then told him.