As I was washing the dishes after lunch today, I noticed my 4-year old quietly cutting shapes out of notebook paper, coloring the pieces and putting them in a small box she grabbed out of the recycling. I assumed she was making Valentine’s cards, as we’d been talking about doing that one of these days.
She took the box to the living room, and came back into the kitchen to ask me if we could take a walk later to deliver them to her friends.
“Valentine’s Day isn’t until the end of the week!” I said.
To which she responded:
“Valentine’s Day is only one day, but Happy I Love You Day is EVERYDAY, mommy!”
I was left speechless! I’m sure she got that from a cartoon she watched on TV, although I haven’t seen any Valentine-themed cartoons yet so I’m not completely sure. I was definitely touched by what she said though, and really appreciate that she understands that she can say “I love you” anytime she wants, just because.