Sometimes, my son gets stuck in repeating himself. Usually, it's the same phrase or variations on a phrase. This might be an Asperger's trait, or it could just because he's an eight-year-old kid and that's what they do. I don't know.
Sometimes, he'll spin the same phrase multiple ways. Variations on one phrase. "Happy birthday to you. Happy flurth-day to you. Happy earth day to you. Happy death day. Happy smurth day." Just goofin around.
So anyway, yesterday, he didn't realize he was repeating himself. "Dad? I love you."
"I love you too, son."
Two minutes later. "Dad, I love you."
"Love you too."
A few minutes later. "Dad, I love you."
"Son?" He stopped to look at me.
"I love you too."
He looked back at me. "I know you do."
That was the best answer. It's important that he loves me. But its so so so much more important that he knows that I love him. And that his mother loves him. I can't think of a better way to start the day than with that reassurance. He knows. I've done my job, then.