But every so often, I don't get the sentiment back.
This evening I spoke with my mother on my way home from work, and this is how our conversation went:
Mom: "alright well I'll talk to you later."
Me: "sounds good. I love you."
Me: ".... Bye"
(Yes she said 'bye' twice - she always has to have the last word. But that's a whole other diatribe.)
I try to give her the benefit of the doubt- she was watching you at the time so was probably preoccupied. But it still bothers me. What if that was the last time we ever spoke? I wouldn't have been reminded "I love you" that one last time. Or reverse, she wouldn't have had the chance to tell her only child that she loves them. I know the phrase's absence isn't intentional, but it still bothers me.
So I want to promise you that never in our lives together on earth, will you go a day without me telling you that I love you. I've loved you since seeing seeing a little stick tell me that you existed, and I always will.
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”