Congratulations! You met someone who fills your life with enough joy to spend time with them on a semi-regular basis. Things are going so well that you want to tell them how you feel.

Saying “I like you” seems a little juvenile, and telling someone that you’re “crazy” about them can sound a little too single white female. Add to all of this Scott’s list of the stages of romantic feelings and you’re really confused about how to express yourself. You can’t exactly go up to a person and tell them that you’re smitten with them, unless, of course, you’d like them to take you to a sock hop later in the evening.

But never fear, daters — I’m here with a handy list of ways to express your inner-most thoughts in a way that is easy to understand. Why not try one of these?

1. I like like you.(Note: this works best if you are dating someone still in high school)

2. I enjoy being in a place when you are also in that place.

3. I am willing to watch a football game that has nothing to do with the plot of Friday Night Lights. For you.

4. I would stop drinking wine for an entire day if you asked me to stop drinking wine.

5. I will watch military shows on the History Channel for you (but I’m not yet at the point where I will sit though an hour of ABC’s Wipeout).

6. I am only marginally creeped out when you stare at me for an extended period of time.

7. It matters to me if you think my apartment is clean.

8. I am willing to allow photos of the two of us together to be uploaded on facebook.

9. I will hang out with your friends, even though my friends are clearly superior.

10. Ich mag dich (saying things in German takes all of the romance, and thus the pressure, out of anything)

11. I respect you enough not to blog about you.

12. I may spend time comparing our features in a way that makes me wonder if our potential children will be attractive.

How about you — how do you say “I like you” without saying “I like you”?
Joy Engel lives and works in Portland, Maine where she tweets far too much and solves the occasional murder-mystery while riding around on a bicycle. Everything she writes is her personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of her employer or its clients.