"Hello I Love you!"
Were simple words that came out of my Father in Law's lips the moment he saw his first born daughter (who happened to be my wife). I watched the scene unfold as father embraced daughter for a split moment before he sauntered happily into the kitchen, only to come out looking grumpy with a large pail of water to clean some faeces that the neighbour's cat had unceremoniously donated on the doorstep of his flat.
Latter event notwithstanding, that split second embrace and the response he received from his daughter was a priceless observation. The glow and glimmer of a smile from my wife, and the validation of love she received from her father.
The use of simple words to remind her of the love and bond, simple words that we sometimes forget or even lack the courage to muster.
To remind our loved ones that we care and recognize their efforts at caring and loving us.
To let them know they still matter to us.