Lady at the Tea Table by Mary Cassatt, 1883:
Nurse Reading to a Little Girl by Mary Cassatt, 1895
When it comes to feelings, writers often over-write. We embellish, write in circles, whip out florid phrases. All in an effort to tell someone how much they mean to us, when a simple, “I love you,” would do. Today is Mother’s Day in the US, and I only need four words.
I LOVE YOU, MOM.