The Sweetest Words

The sweetest sentence in the English language:  “I love you.”

Runner-up:  “It’s benign.”

We are stronger than we know and more afraid than we let on. Proceed with kindness.


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Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

6 thoughts on “The Sweetest Words

  1. ✨💕🙏💕✨ I have heard it said that we are never given more than we can handle… I want to add that how we handle is very personal, and never wrong. You are blessed beyond measure, Jean Ryan, and I am proud to call you my friend! 🎀

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