Liam talks a lot, and tells me a lot of things. We often have scripted roles and get 'told' if we stray from the correct wording but every now and then, like tonight, there is a genuine and loving conversation between us as he drifts off to sleep.
"Next time you get married, will you always be my mother?"
"Yes, baby. I will always be your mother!"
"And my sister's too?"
"Yes, I will always be your sister's mother too."
"I'm so glad you got married - you will always have a family."
"I'm glad too baby. You and your sister will always have a family too, you know?"
"Yes.....You are so beautiful."
"Thank you, baby."
"I am too."
"Indeed you are and I love you very much."
"You are very welcome."
Not surprisingly, I left the room with tears flowing softly and my heart aching for this special boy who, as a rule, finds it so hard to express himself.