“H, you are a really, really wonderful person,” I told him.
I make it a point to say things like this, apropos of nothing, at least once a day, usually as we are lying in bed together at night. “You are important to me.” Or, “I am really glad I get to be your mama.” Or, “I am so glad to know you.” Or, “I enjoyed spending time with you today.” Things like that.
“Oh, yes,” he said, “And I matter.”
He’s been listening.