For longer than I can remember, Justin and I have used the sign for “I love you” whenever we can see but not hear the other. Driving away in a car. Leaving to go through airport security. You know, the really important times that you need for someone to know that you love them. I finally decided to teach Robbie, who has been trying to master our other secret “I love you” sign – winking.
He laughed when I showed him the first time and tried to get his fingers to move in the right way. I figured that was about all I would get. So, you can imagine my surprise when we pulled into the driveway the other day, and I looked back at Robbie. He was looking at his hands and looked up at me with a smile on his face. Then, he showed me his hand and said, “Means ‘love you’, Mom. See?” showing me his hands. And, sure enough, he was doing the sign right.
We went in, and I asked Robbie to show Justin what he had learned. Bless his heart. Robbie tried to make the sign and couldn’t do it. Embarrassed, he burst into tears and threw himself at Justin, crying, “But I love you, Daddy. Can’t do it. QiQi finger broken. QiQi broken. Still love you, Daddy!”