About a month ago, we went to see the animated film WALL-E, and Chickie hasn't stopped talking about it. She loves pretending that her toys are the brilliantly animated robots WALL-E and EVE. So yesterday when I saw purple WALL-E shirts, I made Chickie's day by buying her one. Even before she put it on this morning, I think her pure enjoyment just holding the shirt and playing with it had already justified the $5 price tag.
As I put Zoodle back into the car in the store parking lot, Chickie was sitting in the shopping cart holding her treasured shirt. She referred to it as a birthday gift, and I said, "No, Chickie, it's not your birthday. Mommy just got that for you because I love you!"
Chickie was gazing down at the shirt and speaking softly, but I heard her sweet little voice say, "I love you, Mommy."
My heart sang! An unsolicited "I love you" from Chickie is a rare event indeed. "Oh, baby," I said earnestly, "I love you too!"
She repeated her statement more loudly, in a tone of voice that clearly told me she wanted to correct me.
"I love you, WALL-E."
Thanks a lot, Disney.