I was afraid to tell Mark I loved him the first time.

The last time I said it to my then boyfriend, I got hurt.

I literally said to Mark, if I said the L word, would you freak out? He said no. I said I Love You, and then, so nonchalantly, he said I love you too, babe. It was so comforting.

Not long after that, I got a contract to do a show for 2 months in Arizona. Previous boyfriends were timid about keeping up long distances relationships. When the subject was brought up, Mark said, I’ll be right here when you get back. That’s when I knew he was a keeper.

Mark loves me for who I am, with all of my eccentricities. Looking like crud in my loose fitting pjs. Across two time zones. That’s love.

“The L Word” was written by Aileen Goldberg Cairns.

Aileen (Goldberg) Cairns is a professional actress, singer, and travel agent.
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