There are three words in society that used to hold all of life’s meaning in the palm of their hand; three words that Romeo has said to Juliet, Ricky to Lucy, and my dad to my mom. The words “I love you” are thought to be only understandable to certain people, only right at a proper time, and that certain people just are not meant to fall in love. I, however, believe that anyone at anytime can fall into true love.
Most adults these days would think that I, at sixteen, could not possibly understand what “I love you” means. They would think, “Oh, she is too young to understand.” Or, “Kids these days just do not know what love is.” And the truth is I, too, did not think that I could comprehend love at such a young age, but I have.
My boyfriend and I have been dating for about eight months now and I could not be happier with our relationship. Most kids our age move too fast: within a couple of months they have already had sex, but not Curtis and I. In fact, we did not even kiss until the day of our one-month anniversary. I did not know from the beginning how our relationship was going to work out, but within about five months, I knew I was falling in love.
Just the other night, while we were watching a movie, he whispered into my ear, “I love you” and I whispered back “I love you too”. Then he asked me a question that surprisingly was extremely easy to answer. He asked me, “What do you mean when you say ‘I love you’?” I answered him, “I mean that I care for your well-being more than my own, that you know how to make me smile when I really feel like crying, you give me goose bumps when you touch me, and I do not ever want you to leave my side. That is what ‘I love you’ means.”
Before I met Curtis I did not believe that teenagers could fall in love. I used to roll my eyes when my friends would tell me that they loved their boyfriend, but now I know where they are coming from. I believe that anyone, at any age, at anytime can fall in love. I believe that love is possible for all.
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