After coming out of the supermarket today:
Me - Ella, for the 5th time, get on the bike now please, I'm fed up waiting.
Ella - I just have to do this.
Me - Ok, then I'll go and you can walk home.
Ella - Nooo!
Me - It was just a joke, Ella. You know I'd never do that. But I just don't want to be kept waiting any longer.
Ella - That makes me very sad if you say that.
Me - I'm sorry, sweetie. You know I would never, ever leave you behind anywhere. Just get on the bike now.
Ella [climbing on the bike] - If you say that again, I'll be very sad.
Me - I'll try not to say it again, ok? But you know it's only a joke, don't you? I would really never, ever leave you behind. I have told you that plenty of times.
Ella - I forget sometimes.
Me - You forget that I would never leave you?
Ella - Yes. And you have to remind me lots of times on the days that I forget.
Me - Ok.
Ella - I'll tell you which days I forget.
Me - Ok?
Ella - Thursday...
Me - [burst out laughing]
Ella - And Wednesday. And Sunday. That's the days you have to remind me.
Me - Ok, on Wed, Thurs and Sunday I will tell you lots that I'll never, ever leave you.