I love you
They are words we hear all our lives
"I love you" says my mother as she kisses my small head before bed
"I love you" says my father before hanging up the phone
But what does I love you mean?
I love you means "be careful"
I love you means "Please eat something today"
It means walking you home because it's late and you're scared
And "I hope your day gets better"
But maybe something more important than what I love you is
Is what it isn't
I love you isn't "You need me"
I love you isn't "I would kill myself if I couldn't have you"
It isn't buying you diamonds after a tearfilled, rage-fuelled agrument
And it isn't "I would never hurt you on purpose, it was an accident"
We are always taught and shown what love looks like
We've all heard the story of the kight and the princess
But what we aren't shown are the monsters who hide under the guise of love
We aren't taught to be weary of them creeping in the shadows
But they're there
And they will win if you let them