I said "I love you" to Reuben and squeezed his neck.
He said, " I know. What made you say it now?"
"You were in my way." Was my reply. But the real answer should have been: "As I was standing here waiting for you to finish and move, I couldn't help but notice how tall you've gotten, and that made me think of how much you have grown. You really are an amazing kid. Talented. Kind. Helpful. Smart. Wise. Rational. And that is why I said I love you."