23 March 2009

The importance of being kind to yourself

On our way to the local shops - Ella on her balance bike, me on my bike behind her:

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

1 minute later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

1 minute later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

2 minutes later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

3 minutes later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.
Ella - We say that much times, don't we?
Me - That's ok.
Ella - We say that all the times!
Me - That's ok, nothing wrong with that.

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2 hours later at home:

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

1 minute later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

2 minutes later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

3 minutes later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.

1 minute later.

Ella - Mum?
Me - Yes Ella.
Ella - I love you.
Me - I love you too, sweetie.
Ella - I just want to say that all the time! We say that so much times!
Me - That's ok. That's because we love eachother.
Ella - I'm happy that we are so nice to eachother. And I'm happy I'm so nice to myself.

3 comments:

jeanie said...

I had a friend who thought there was some psychological issue with my daughter and I swapping so many I love yous.

I ditched that friend - there is never too much love, I think.

How beautiful.

Lin said...

I used to think it was a sign of insecurity. And there was even a time when it used to annoy me. :o

But now I just try to now and then say it before she does! (Which is obviously hard to do sometimes)

nikki said...

I think it's gorgeous Lin! Nate is 13 now and we still have similar "I love you" conversations :)