MAIA HAS BEEN IN a happy, healthy relationship with her boyfriend Alex for 8 years. But early on, she decided that, since she initiated everything else in their relationship, she would make Alex say “I love you” first.

It resulted in 8 years of “I love you” chicken, with neither of them saying it, but with both of them creatively working their way around those words by saying other sweet things and by simply being kind to each other. But Maia feels like she has waited long enough to say it, so she contacted This American Life and they helped her put together this video where she finally gets to say, for the first time, “I love you” to Alex.

This American Life has also released a video of Maia and Alex watching the video, with his reaction.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Tell the people you love how you feel about them.

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