my four-year-old Beatrice, lying with her tummy on the floor, drawing with her crayons on a piece of paper, asks me, "Mama, how do i spell 'i love you'?"
so i spell it for her: I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U
she sighed, "why does it take so long when it's so easy to say?"
i stop to think. hmmm...
"because 'love' is the longest word, darling. it has four letters. next comes 'you', which has three letters."
she pauses too, with the butt tip of her red crayon on her chin, 'so 'I' is easy. but 'Love' and 'You' take a really long time!"
you got it right, baby.