My first thought was the alternative view of what saying "I love you" can mean. My mind immediately went to three people who will never know how they 'saved' me. Two teachers and one Chief of Police who bent over backwards to correct the damage done by my mother. I owed them for aiding my self-esteem, without which I would not have survived my school years at home. I thought of them often, but never expressed the love that stayed with me for my lifetime. It is one of my deepest regrets.