Three little words

The lovable rogue
The lovable rogue

My four year old decided to join me in the room this morning, while I dressed.

Immediately my ego was on high alert! This guy doesn’t hold back with his critiques.

“What are you doing Mammy?”

“Getting dressed”

“Are you going to wear THAT dress?”

“Yes! Yes I am!” (starting to get very tense now)

“Can I jump on the bed?” (He is already in full flight, don’t know why he bothered to ask!)


“This isn’t really jumping you know?” … gives a good demo of dive bombing across the bed!

“Are they some kind of trousers?”

“No, they’re tights”… No one should ever have an audience when putting on tights!

“Can you walk in those?”

“Yes, funnily enough, I can!”


“Yeees???” Steeling myself for what follows….you have a WOBBLY tummy, your bum is VERY big... or maybe…

I think you are getting FAT!

Eventually… and with much reluctance, I meet his gaze…

His face breaks into an unexpected smile.

“….I love you” he says simply.

My heart melts.

With those three little words I know….it is going to be a VERY good day!



Science blogger and writer; Owner of Dr. How's Science Wows; Mother of three junior scientists who have taught me that to be a great scientist you need to look at life through the eyes of a child!

18 thoughts on “Three little words

  • April 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    It is for this reason we mammys love our wee boys, no matter what the age. Lovely post, and I love the way you got charm and ridicule in equal measure.

    • April 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Haha Tric I never thought of it like that…. I was just bowled over with “the I love you”!

    • April 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      That’s for sure Elizabeth 😉

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      he has his moments 😉 Helen

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      it certainly made my day Sadhbh

  • April 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Awwwwwww! I’ve been waiting for this one. So gorgeous. Doesn’t it just put everything into perspective? P.S. Agree re the tights.

    • April 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks and yes putting on tights is not a spectator sport 😉

  • April 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Can I borrow him for some in-house two need it!

    • April 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

      hehe He is a bit hit and miss I’m afraid Joanna…. I just got him on a good day 😉

    • April 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Yes he will go far 😉

  • April 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Aawwww!! That is just lovely! They know how to melt your heart at just the right moment 🙂

    • April 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Don’t they just Lucy 😉

  • April 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Oh I love the “are you going to wear THAT dress” comments! Kids are so brilliantly honest – I too feel very nervous when those conversations start. But what a lovely ending!!

    • April 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I know, you wouldn’t want to be sensitive 😉 I was expecting the worst but was so delighted with his response!

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