smile-i-fucking-love-youAs we already covered this morning, love is grand in all its forms. Whether you’re in love with a human being or a My Little Pony cartoon named Twilight Sparkle, opening your heart up to someone and taking a risk, is gorgeous.

When it comes to love, there is no greater risk than saying the words out loud — especially if you’re the first to do so. You’re putting all your cards out on the table, as they say, exposing not just your hand, but a vein, and all in the hopes you won’t end up with a smashed heart on the floor. Saying I love you and not getting it said back has to be one of the most difficult things in the world.

But if you’re not ready to say it back, it’s not your fault. People don’t fall in love at the same speed, and sometimes it takes a little longer to get to the same place. It doesn’t mean it will never happen, it just means you’re not quite there yet.

So, how does one respond to the words “I love you,” when they’re not ready to say them back? Well, they talk about the weather, of course, because that’s what “mature” people do.