You know how some moments you'll just cherish forever? I had a moment like that over the long weekend with my oldest son. We were in bed together, trying to take a nap. Cuddling, and just enjoying eachother's company. Which was great, because I hardly get any one-on-one time with him, since I'm always with my baby boy.
"Mama.... I love you," my big boy told me.
I melted. I smiled. I will forever remember that moment. Because my child is not one to say this sort of thing often. I mean, I know he loves me. But to hear it? Wow. Music to my ears. Forever engraved in my memory.
Which makes the following statement he said to me last night not that dreadful.
"I love you so much, Christos!" I said. (I say this a billion times a day. I think he gets bored of hearing it sometimes, to be honest.)
"I love Daddy to the middle of nowhere." (He's talking about, like, infinity. Never ending love. How sweet, right?)
"And how much do you love Mommy?" I said, eager to hear something as sweet.
"What's the closest planet to us?"
"Um. Mercury," I said.
"I love you to Mercury."
I was almost in tears because he only loves me to Mercury. But at the same time, wow - he's only 3 and a half and I think that makes him pretty smart! And even if he only loves me to the closest planet, that's still a lot of love. Plus he wasn't totally serious, right? Unless he does love his Daddy more than he loves me. Okay, I have to relax. This should not bother me, right?
Edited to add: My husband left me a comment on my blog! First time ever! And it was to correct me. Mercury is NOT the closest planet to the Earth. Mercury is closest to the Sun. Oops, my bad! Venus is, in fact, the closest planet to Earth. So, thanks hubby, for correcting me in all my wrongness! And yes, please do re-train our son.