Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Afterthought

This is not a love post. It is a post about love.

Mrs. LIAYF and I loaded Lukas into the car yesterday for a short trip to the grocery store. No, not the fancy store, though it was nice.
Anyway, as we were pulling out of our driveway Lukas noticed bright lights on in a neighbors window.
"Look, Christmas lights!" he exclaimed
"No, buddy those lights are red. Those must be Valentines lights." I explained.
"Valentines Day is a day where we show people how much we love them." Mrs. LIAYF added.
"Lukas, who do you love?"
"I love MOMMY!" he excitedly cried.
"That's good. Who else do you love?"
"I love Grandma and Grandpa too" he responded convincingly.
"Do you love ANYONE elllllsssseee?" his mother asked, giving me a long, intentional glance.

"Uh....I love....(looking around now).....I love those those houses out there."
Well, I'm convinced that had we continued this line of questioning unprompted I would have made the list. Perhaps, somewhere between the guy we passed walking his dog and say, chopped liver.
Or, maybe it just goes without saying.


A Free Man said...

I know this isn't the point, but Valentines Lights? Seriously? Tell me someone just forgot to take their Christmas lights down.


The love thing, we haven't gotten there yet. Our older boy doesn't know what the word means. I hope that's not indicative of a bigger problem...

SciFi Dad said...

I was all set to talk about how the opening line of this post reminded me of the intro to Sunday Bloody Sunday on Under a Blood Red Sky, and then I saw that picture. What the hell did you do to your hair? Did you colour it, or is that just the glow from the Valentine's lights.

Mrs. M said...

We've had similar conversations around here too, sometimes they just love you soooooooo much they just think they already said your name. :)

Being us... said...

In my house everything is "Love you Baby"...that is what I always said to Jacob and I guess he thinks that "baby" must ALWAYS come after the words "I" and "LOVE".....

WeaselMomma said...

How funny. Don't worry, he'll love you dearly when he needs cash.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

My husband unfortunately for me is always the first one thought of! I come after cousins!

My favorite though is when they say they ONLY love their DAD because I had disciplined them... That is when I say, "YES, that means I'm the better parent!!! I'm doing the job right!"

It's true and I'm sticking to it!

Otter Thomas said...

I love that he was looking around for something else to love. He was like Steve Carell in Anchorman. I love lamp.

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain, little man can say all kinds of things that start with P and he'll even tell you that P sounds like "puh", but he won't say Papa. To this day, I'm still 'Mum'.

If I Could Escape . . . said...

LOL -- my littlest one does that to his Daddy too!! While I just sit there basking in it all!!

Ed said...

He's a dude! We don't say that mushy stuff so easily.

Martin said...

I reckon he was just stunned by the concept of 'valentine lights'...

I know I am...

adhocmom said...

They never perform on cue. WHY is that?

SAHD PDX said...

Our three year old was just asked that question by our housemate and he said Grammy and Tom Tom, that's his grandpa, and then couldn't think of anyone else. He eventually added mommy but I am not sure I would have made the list.

Lady Mama said...

Maybe it was just SO obvious that he didn't need to say it! Or maybe you didn't give him an extra cookie that day?

Scary Mommy said...

Awwww, of COURSE it goes without saying.

I got ranked below the dog yesterday. And, not even our dog, but a neighbor's. Nice.

Knatolee said...

Awwww, not to worry, I'm sure you're so far up on the list that it really does just go without saying!

Dad Stuff said...

It's hard to beat 'houses' for love.

Slamdunk said...

Good post. I am sure my kids rank me a ways down on the list as well.

I did have to laugh at the Valentines Day lights. A few years ago when our 9 year old was much smaller he talked mom into not taking down the Christmas lights (inside) because he enjoyed looking at them so much. She then turned them into Valentines Day lights. At least they were hidden and none of the neighbors saw them.

WILLIAM said...

Mmmmm. Chopped Liver.

Steve said...

Your time will come.

My son is now 4 and there's nothing more heartwarming than out of the blue hearing "I love you Daddy".

Captain Dumbass said...

I'm sure it was just assumed.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@A Free Man - Yes, valentines lights. I feel the same way.

@Scifi - It was the valentines lights that made my hair look red.

@Mighty M - It is just assumed.

@Being Us - that is too funny.

@Weasel Momma - Yeah, I bet.

@Shelle - My wife is the disciplinarian too. Dads get off easy sometimes.

@Otter - And that chair over there too. I love that...

@PJ - Thanks Mum.