I Love You Bigger

When my oldest son was about three years old, we began to play a game called “I Love You Bigger.” If we were taking a walk or driving somewhere in the car, I would start by saying something like, “I love you bigger than a table.”

Then, my son would think of something bigger. “I love you bigger than a tree,” he might say.

It was my turn to think of something bigger. “I love you bigger than a house.”

“I love you bigger than a tall building!”

“I love you bigger than the sky!”

“I love you bigger than the whole world!”

Eventually, we say the biggest thing either of us could think of, and the game would end.

Now I play the game with my youngest, a four-year-old boy. He played the game a little differently, though. He never quite caught on that we were supposed to think of bigger and bigger things; instead, he would say whatever it was he could see at the time. So our game went more like this:

“I love you bigger than a table,” I might say.

“I love you bigger than a leaf,” he would say.

“I love you bigger than a house!” I would say on my turn, trying to get him to think of something larger.

“I love you bigger than a napkin,” he would reply, or “I love you bigger than a book.” I knew I was something special when he loved me bigger than the potty.

Then, just last week, my four-year-old won the game. “I love you bigger than this couch,” I said, as we snuggled together watching a show.

“I love you bigger than you can imagine,” he answered.

I know I’ll hold on to those words forever, because I love him bigger than he can imagine, too.

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