PJ (as I am serving him ice cream): Mom, how did you get to be the most awesome mom in the world?
Me: Well, it's easy, because you guys are such awesome kids.
PJ: NO, it's NOT easy, Mom. Because you have to go to your office and work, and then you have to come home and do a WHOLE OTHER JOB as our mom.
Me: [Whatever sound butter makes when it melts.]
Yes, this is my kid who can make "Mom and Dad, I love you more than I love myself" sound actually halfway sincere. I know that it's not outside of the realm of possibility that he was playing me - or just being his future politician self. But I would like to think that he meant what he said. The last part, for sure, sounded like an actual observation, not a platitude.
That's how I processed it, anyway. And it surely did sound good to this mom's ears.