Love You More

At bed time last night.

Me: I love you.

Her: I love you more.

Me: I love you most.

Her: I love you more than most.

Me: I love you more than most of all.

Her: I love you more than most of all happily ever after.

Me: I love you more than most of all happily ever after since before you were born.

Her: I love you more than most of all happily ever after since before you were born and into our next generation.

I thought she got me. Up ’til this point, she always forgot the sequence.

So I sigh like she “won.”

::pause::

Her eyes widen like gotcha Dad!

Me: I love you more than most of all, happily ever after, since before you were born and into our next generation until the last Daddy Daughter heart force.

Impressed, she hugs me sweetly, says confidently, That’s a lot of love, Dad!

We kiss and rub noses. I get up from her bed, ‘Love you Ella.’

Love you too, Dad.