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So, in my on-going series "Reasons I Freaking Love My Daughter", I submit our experience today. We went for a walk. Pretty commonplace (when the temperatures aren't in the triple digits, that is) in this family, and today was a perfect day for it. Low 70s, breeze. Good times. So, we're walking and my 5 year old daughter stops, leans on a rock wall and gazes into the front yard of a house. Some rocks, couple of cactus. Nothing much. After a bit, I said, "Come on, kiddo, let's keep walking."

"Wait, Mom," she said. "I'm looking at the world."

After that, we continued our walk. We were almost home when K started to get giggly. She yelled to scare some pigeons. Then she asked, "Mommy, can everyone in the world hear me when I yell? People in France and stuff? Can they hear me?"

I laughed. "Oh, I don't know if we can be THAT loud."

She took a deep breath and said, "HELLO! I LOVE YOU!!"

When she thought she had the ears of the world, what did she choose to say? "I love you."  I'm so bloody proud. I hope she never loses that.

When you step up to the mic, what do you say?