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My Married Life: Can You Wear out "I Love You?"

Last week on the boards, one Nestie asked couples if they said "I love you" every single day. For Jack and me, the answer would be a resounding yes. In fact, I probably say it an average of six times a day. I think it's fair to say that it comes out of my mouth more often that it does Jack's, but he says it a lot too. It's just that I'm usually the one who says it first.

It's like a weird compulsion. But I swear, I really do mean it every time. Okay, maybe not every time -- I'm sure it's an autopilot hiccup once in a while. Come to think of it, I have been known to spit it out inappropriately at the end of a random phone conversation (say, with my editor), which is, in a word, mortifying. So yeah, I'm probably throwing it out there a bit too frequently.

Jack and I had a conversation about this once when I was really piling on the love you's, and he admitted that it didn't pack a very powerful punch when I said it so darn often. So the argument could be made that you can wear it out. Maybe I should go on an :I love you" detox diet. I wonder if we could make it fresh again if we went a week without saying it?

What do you guys think? How often do you say it?

-- Holly

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