"I love you!" "[insert appropriate reply here]"
October 10, 2012 8:02 AM Subscribe
Best way to respond to an unrequited "I love you"?
posted by not that girl to Human Relations (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have been involved with someone long-distance since July. This weekend we are going to be seeing each other, and I have good reason to believe I'll be hearing those three little words. I like her a lot, and want to keep seeing her, and I think we're actually on the same page about the nature of our relationship right now. I'm just not there right now; I can't say "I love you" back. She is a very direct, honest, and sane person, so I don't anticipate any drama. I want to respond in some way that says, "I'm not there but it doesn't freak me out that you are," that isn't awkward, and that doesn't sound like I'm dodging the issue. At the same time, I don't want to launch into a paragraph that makes it come off like I think it's a huge big deal. I'm thinking of a single sentence, something like, "you're so awesome!" and a hug. Give me some options to mull over on my 23-hour train ride.