Loving Noodles. And a Fish. And You.

Last night at dinner, Brooke declared that she loved noodles.

Reese propped her elbows onto the table, pushed back her plate, and said, "Well, I love chocolate cake.  But when I say love, what I really mean is that I like it a lot.  It's not the same love that I sometimes say when I really love something."

I'm blown away by her perception of language here.  Such insight into subtle semantics -- how our English language uses the term love interchangeably for both our inconsequential likes (I love pizza) and our significant commitments of the heart and will (I love you; will you marry me?)

I prod Reese to elaborate.

"Well," she continued, eyeing Brooke across the table, "If I said that I loved something really great -- like a new hiding spot in our backyard or the monkey bars at school -- I actually mean that those things are really fun.  But when I say that I love Mommy or Daddy or our fish, what I mean is that I really do love them."

"Reese, " I interjected.  "We don't even own a fish."

"But I sure would love him if we did."

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  1. Mmm. Thank goodness she didn't say "or our Saint Bernard." A fish would be a much more reasonable pet? Time to go to Wally World, Robin?

  2. I just love Reese. I actually had a dream this week that I finally met her in person! And regarding the fish: perhaps you would be interested in a Beta? :)

  3. Priceless. Absolutely so.

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  5. Was that a fancy way of asking for a fish? What a cutie.

  6. What an adorable little exchange! It's nice that your daughter likes noodles and fish, that means she eats healthy! Great job!


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