This morning as I was doing Ella's hair before school:
Ella - Mum, I just love the way you love me.
Awww. I think that's probably the nicest compliment she's ever given me. It makes me think I must be doing something right on the affection-giving part of the parenting job. Which - believe me or not - is not always the thing at the fore of my consciousness when I'm faced with the task of moulding my child into something that resembles a good human being.