Saturday, June 7, 2008

Young Love

Tonight Ashley came up to me and said her first unprompted "I love you." Awwww, isn't that so sweet??? I've only been waiting for that moment for 2.5 years.

Except, she didn't tell me that she loved ME. Her exact words, I believe, were:

"Ooh, my flashlight!!! My flashlight!! Flashlight, I love you." (cue hugging and kissing of flashlight)

Apparently my daughter loves her flashlight more than her mommy. But don't worry, I'm not upset about it. I mean, who WOULDN'T love a flashlight more than her mother?? Flashlights are super cool. Really, they are. I swear. So what if Ashley can't figure out how to turn it on by herself? Flashlights are still cool even when they're turned off. You can hold them and stand them up on the ground and roll them around.... Okay, maybe they're not so cool turned off.

So to sum up, my daughter will not verbalize her love for me, but will for a turned-off flashlight. Lovely.

But I already have my plan figured out on how to deal with this. One day, probably not very far in the future, she's going to want that flashlight to be turned on. And if she still can't figure it out on her own, I will be standing in the wings, ready to turn it on as long as she says the magic words. And they won't be "Please, mommy!"

They'll be "I love you more than this flashlight and all other inanimate objects in the house, mommy." Do you think that's too much for a 2.5 year old to memorize? ;-)

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