I can’t even remember how long it’s been going on now…but quite awhile anyway.  It started off with a fairly simple question.  Over time, the question has morphed into a sort of shorthand that exists just between Marissa and me.  Now, I don’t mean to brag or anything, but amazingly enough, she always knows the answer to the question—sometimes even before I finish asking it.  (It probably helps that the question and answer are always the same.  Every day.  A year ago, today, tomorrow, a year from now.  Same question.  Same answer.)
It started off like this a couple years ago:
Me:  When is Mommy proud of you?
Marissa:  Always
Now, I can’t even get the first word out.  I have asked the question so many times, for so many different reasons that she just knows exactly what’s going to come out of my mouth.  Sometimes I ask it after she’s finished a really awesome trampoline routine, and sometimes I ask it when she’s had a rough day and there are tears brimming in her eyes.  So many things make me want to remind her how proud I am of her every day.
Now, the question is usually more like this:
Me:  When?
Marissa:  Always
Two words between us, but I hope that hearing it every single day will remind her how amazing I think she is.
Hey, Marissa Grace…ALWAYS!

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