I love you huge

my daughter and i say i love you huge to each other

When I was teen I was obsessed with made-for TV movies. I watched them all. Seriously. Clearly this was a time pre-reality television where made-for TV movies were all the rage! Not only did I watch these movies once but I always watched the repeats and often taped them. There were the stories of the anorexic friends, or the kidnapped baby and figured it out many years later, the girl who was sexually abused, etc. But my favourite of all was the made-for TV version of Danielle Steele’s book Fine Things which you can now buy on DVD (OMG, i may need to buy it)! . For whatever reason, Aunty Beige and I LOVED it. For a while I could recall all the words. Even thought the story is a little crazy and SO much happens in a 2 hour movie there was one line that always stuck with me. Like 20 years later I still carry it with me.

“I love you more than the whole wide world. And back again.”

I must admit that I’ve said that phrase to my kids before. But it never felt right. It never felt that it was mine, or ours or special between just me and my kids.

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Last year as Princess Peach and I were cuddling in bed I told her that I loved her and she said she loved me. When I told her I loved her more she responded with the usual response I love you more. Then I told her that I loved her the most and she replied “I love you huge”. Bingo. That was it. I said “I love you huge” back to her. It’s our little thing that we say to each other before bed or at random times throughout the day.

Last week, at 9:40 PM, when Princess Peach came out of her room for the umpteenth time for another made up reason why she couldn’t sleep I was starting to lose my patience. I was annoyed. Plain and simple. It had been a very long day and I just wanted to relax and have some “me” time.  When I laid her down in bed, tucked her in, kissed her on her forehead and told her I loved her and then she responded with “I love you huge”. I melted. She had me at those four special words. Those words that are ours. Just between us and we know what they mean to both of us. I love you huge little girl. No matter how big you get my love for you will never change.

Do you have special saying that you say to your kids?

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