Thursday, November 23, 2006

...I Love You the Most




My three children and I have somewhat of a routine whenever we say goodbye or goodnight to each one. I usually say "Good night, I love you," or "Goodbye, I love you." My children top that with "I love you more." Then I say, "I love you the most." To which I hear something like, "I love you the best...." I respond, then hear something from the other like "I love you the tallest.... I love you in the morning.... I love you at night... I love you in China.... I love you in India.... I love you every day...." This goes on and on till one of us stops the volleying of "I love you's."

My youngest son, over the year, has expanded his repertoire: "I'll love you when you're dead... I'll love you when you're with Hashem... I've love you when you're a cloud in the sky..."

Today, however I got the sweetest final retort, before he walked out the door to go to school: "I love you wherever I go, [even] when you're not there!"

11 comments:

dan said...

Pearl,
What a lovely family tradition! I love it! More families should do that, too. Wonderful!

-- Danny

kasamba said...

LOL!
It's like love-fest in your house!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey- you really must be related to my husband because we do the exact same thing! We stopped doing the "I love you the most" because he said it was too much like a competition and someone's feelings were bound to get hurt, so now we say this... I'll say, "I love you more than the moon and the stars" and he'll say, "I love you more than all the hookers in the bars!" To which I reply, "You're so romantic..."
Hee hee...

marallyn ben moshe said...

oy i love that!!!we play that game too...well i do and the kids look at me as if to say 'sure mom'...but my sweetsie tootsie babies love it...what a great post...thanks...shabbat shalom...ps my brother and i do it long distance...and now we are up to 'i love you the same'...:)))

torontopearl said...

Dan: I never thought of it as a tradition. But I like the sound of that.

Kasamba: I'm equally sure you've got a lovefest going on in your own household.

RCJ: Wow, I guess you've got some true love going on between hubby and yourself...that last bit of the comment is so telling ;)

Marallyn: I'm glad to know I'm not the only one doing this, and that you're even doing it long-distance. Love certainly doesn't measure miles, does it?

cruisin-mom said...

Awwwww, Pearl...that's so sweet.

Ezzie said...

Awww...!

Reminds me of a certain children's book... :)

Mia said...

That´s so sweet, you must be melting every evening! It´s wonderful to grow up with so much love around!

Stacey said...

Awww, that is so sweet. In so many families those words aren't often muttered.

Sweettooth120 said...

That is very sweet. My little boy, will often charm me by telling me how much he loves, adores, worships, thinks I am the most beautiful mommy in the world ....and he doesn't even want anything in return!

My daugher will share similar thoughts, but with a little twist -I love you more THAN you love me? Or Do you love us more than you love daddy? Do you love us more than you love your parents?

Such tricky questions. How does a parent respond to that?

torontopearl said...

CM: It's my kids who are the sweet ones, not this post.

Ezzie: Hmmm...like a certain book. Can I guess which one. ;) See...life imitates art...and art imitates life!

Mia: We try to make it a ritual, but it doesn't always happen. Like on those nights when the kids have me at my wits' end 'cause they're doing all kinds of shtick not to be in bed on time. Then other words come out of my mouth!

Stacey: Sad to think about your last point.

Sweettooth: Yes, kids say/ask the darnedest things! (hey, no wonder Art Linkletter had such a show all those years ago!)