Maia Leppo and Alex Kobzik have been dating for eight years. They live together, have a joint bank account, and they're incredibly happy with each other. But they've never said "I love you" [via The New York Times].
Leppo first realized it during a visit with Kobzik's mother, where she asked them when the first time they said "I love you" was. They didn't have an answer. It's not as if they didn't feel that way; it just never happened. And eventually, it didn't happen for so long that it would feel kind of weird if it did. "Year after year I kept thinking 'Oh, maybe this year,' but it never happened, and now it has gone on far too long," says Leppo.
So when This American Life asked if anyone needed help to tell their partner something, Leppo wrote in immediately. The producers chose her and created a beautiful video that you can see here. Kobzik's reaction is pretty adorable:
Kobzik says it's back, but a simple "I love you" isn't quite as big a romantic gesture as what his girlfriend just did for him. When the NY Times asked him if he was going to do something to top it, Kobzik just said, "we'll see."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.