Fio's parents didn't use the "L" word. They considered it gushy and insincere. As Fiorella's mother explained to her, "Actions speak louder than words--'love' is about what you do, not what you say." Even as she lay dying, Mother restrained herself. "We love you, Grandma," her little granddaughter said. "I feel the same about you," Mother replied.
In a way, it worked: Fio always knew she was beloved. But she also longed for The Word.
That's probably why Fio went overboard with her own family. The kids grew up hearing her say "I love you." Constantly.
Which means they'll probably follow their grandmother's example, and "love" will once again be a word unspoken.