Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I L Y P I - words of endearment at M-Cat's house

I L Y P I



Ask anyone in my little brood and they can tell you what it means.  It's like our secret handshake.  The code.  The password.  The means of expressing the ultimate love.

When my boys were little often times the conversations went like this:

Son - "I love you Momma"
Momma - "I love you too."
Son - "I love you more"
Momma - "I love you MOST"
Son - "I  love you a hundred times"
Momma - I love you a THOUSAND times"
Son - "I love you a million, gazillion times"
Momma - "I love you past infinity"

Infinity was it.  Nothing tops infinity, for it goes on and on and on.  Once we got to that part of the conversation.  It ended.  Okay, maybe a "me too" from whatever particular son I was having the convo with, but Infinity was most def it.

It became our signature line.  "I love you past infinity"
As time went on, it got shortened to ILYPI.  Cards, notes, letters, conversations all many times ended with ILYPI.  It's our code.  It's our family thing.  It transcends bickering, arguing or even the worst of fights.  It never loses it's meaning or it's intensity.

I even had a ring custom made for me several years ago with Splenda, 'dawg, Luka, Tuffy all etched into the silver.  And above it the ILYPI logo.

Whenever I get a letter or birthday card or note signed by my boys with that tag, I am taken back to the time when they were little and we tried to top each other with our love.  Some things never change.  This particular family trait will be one that I hope gets passed from generation to generation. 

I L Y P I

Says it all.

18 comments:

DIAPER DIVA said...

I do believe that does say it all, and I love it!! So glad yor Marine is doing so well!

Becca said...

That is so sweet and I love that you have that with your boys! Thanks for sharing-it struck a chord with me tonight!

Garden of Egan said...

That is awesome! I love it!

Cherie said...

That is really cool! LOVE it!!!

Pedaling said...

a family original!

" Hit It......." said...

I love it! My kids and I have the same conversation. I never have abrevieated it; but cool!

tammy said...

I love it.

My boys and their grammy have a similar that starts out with "I love you to the moon and back". Then the next person says, "I love you to mars/sun/pluto and back", and on it goes.

Mae Rae said...

That is truly the best! We have a similar, but not as cool, in our house too.

CountessLaurie said...

That's awesome.

Erin said...

That is really sweet! I love it when families have special inside jokes between each other.

LKP said...

all yesterday i kept thinking about this acronym of yours...for some reason i kept getting stuck on & assuming it had something to do with loving to pieces.

alas, i like what it is much more! =)

Jewls said...

Ha ha! We totally say that too! I remember as a kid arguing about infinity+infinity being more and blah blah. Sooo sweet!

dubb and dawni said...

I love that! Me and Dubb have things we say to each other like that.It means so much!

Loralee and the gang... said...

That is so super sweet!

Braden said...

I love it. Maybe not quite past infinity, but I love it a lot.

Lara said...

I love this.

We sometimes say I love you as big as a giraffe's neck because when my oldest was about 4 we had a little conversation about how much I loved her.

We were into things like the sky and the ocean when her eyes got really big and she said, "Mommy! Do you even love me as big as a giraffe's neck?" Which is bigger than the sky, in case you didn't know. :)

Missy said...

That is the sweetest! I am crying again!

Cheeseboy said...

I dig it. Codes are so cool. They are like family inside jokes.