It’s wonderful to hear your small child say I love you for the first time. It melts your heart. However to begin with you know that they’re just repeating the words don’t really understand what they’re saying. The months pass, their vocabulary and comprehension expands exponentially and then, one day, they say those magic words for themselves. That was my experience today.
Tilly had been enjoying a day with the grandparents – her first full day away for a while. We’d met as planned at the station and she was clearly pleased to see me and in a hugging mood so I carried her for a while towards home. She was telling me about her day when she suddenly came out with it “I love you very much, daddy” and gave me a hug.
It was a brilliant moment. My little girl is growing up and being able to express herself and share how she feels to those closest to her. I’d wondered whether she was getting there as just the previous week she’d said to her uncle “I like you for ever and ever”. It’s ridiculously cute and I can see it going down very well with family members in the months ahead.
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