I appreciate you. Three words. Just three words, and, to my mind, the very best compliment.
‘I appreciate you’’s cousins, ‘I appreciate that’ and ‘I appreciate what you did’ are always welcome at my place too, but the simplicity and directness of ‘I appreciate you’ carries so much gratitudinous weight and connection. There’s no running away from it, no brushing anything under the carpet, no hiding behind a behaviour or act. No asterix here.
‘I appreciate you’ means all of you. Regardless. Unconditionally. YOU.