Then suddenly as we we'd been walking along in silence for a couple of minutes I heard her ask: "Mum, do you love me all the time?"
I asked her to repeat it as I was convinced I'd misheard, but there it was again, clear as a bell:
"Mum, do you love me all the time?"
I knelt down to look her in the eyes and told her that of course I love her all the time, that I love her even when I am nagging, that I love her even when she is crying, that I love her also when she is asleep and when she isn't there. That I love her always and always and always.
Then I gave her a big hug, on the footpath with cars and people going past.
I still cannot believe that my 2 3/4 yo asked me this question! What made her think of this? What was going on in her head?
It was an easy question to answer though. And for once I did not mind stating the obvious at all.