After all my agonizing (see here), this was how Wine Guy said he loved me -- inside this card that came accompanied by a bouquet of tulips on our 6 month anniversary. Apparently he got my not-so-subtle message about what I really wanted - to know how he felt.
From this message on the front of the card, I still wasn't quite sure what to make of it. With him looking on, I opened the card to see that he had signed it "Love, [Wine Guy]."
If he hadn't jumped in with the statement I will share with you momentarily, I'm sure I would have soon started agonizing over if he meant "Love" or just signed off "love" like you would "sincerely yours." But before I could close the card he said with a laugh in his voice, "See? If I didn't love you I would have certainly killed you by now!"
Still trying to figure out whether to laugh, cry or fear for my life, I leaned in and said, "So are you saying what I think you're saying?"
"Yes, I love you."
And that was that. Phew. Check that off the list. Now it's down to day-to-day relationship business. Whatever that means.
Oh, and I said it back, of course.
Yes, this is an unusual way to express such a significant affection. And Wine Guy did ask me later if the card was "too flip." I insisted it wasn't and the more I look at it, the more I adore it. It's different and memorable. Just like us.