I am a crazy mom. I don't deny it, in fact, I revel in it. I play with words, do cartwheels, ride a bike with abandon (for me), and sing whenever the spirit moves me to do so. I dance in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and run around in a tee shirt and panties. My daughter will happily tell you that I am crazy - and that gives her permission to be crazy too.
One of the crazy little games we play is about love. I honestly thought I was the only parent that did this, or something like this until a few days ago when I found myself up late into the night chatting with a dad I respect so very much for his amazing efforts as a parent. He has these little games too - and his are fun. I started wondering if all parents have these little games? Do we, as grown up kids, remember the games our parents played with us?
My daughter was never a fan of the classic kids books - Goodnight Moon was not one of her favorites. She liked No David, Is Your Mama a Llama, Sheep in a Jeep, and a few others that I have blocked from my memory - I was that tired of reading them.
Remember the book about the big bunny and the little bunny? The little bunny asks how much the big bunny loves it. The amount of love continues to grow... this much, as far as I can jump, to the moon and back...
My daughter wasn't a fan of the book, but for some reason she adopted the idea.
Through the years, our game has evolved. No longer do we love one another to the moon and back or to a distant galaxy and back five times, now it is all about infinity.
"I love you to infinity," the Diva will tell me
"I love you twice that much."
"I love you 5X infinity!"
"I always love you twice as much!"
"Moooom, you always win."
It is wonderful to know that I am not the only person who is crazy when it comes to love for their kid. I like to think that it is little games like this and love related traditions that will stick with her. She might not remember the challenges as much as she remembers that her mom was crazy about her - always loving her twice as much!