We have a new expression of love at our house. "I walked seventy miles for this..." said with a laugh.
This comes out of our recent experience of watching parts of March of the Penguins. I say "parts" because we kept watching it in ten or twelve minute segments in the evening as a family, and eventually had to return it to the video store (they just don't give as much time as the library!). So we never quite saw the whole thing, but were very taken with what we saw. In fact, I think we're planning to purchase this at some point and add it to our movie library.
One of the things we were most taken with is the long, cold, seventy-mile trek the Mommy penguins make to the ocean to get food while the Daddy penguins sit patiently on the eggs. And then, of course, once the Mommy penguins get back with the food, after the babies have hatched, the small penguin is transferred from one set of parental feet to the other and the Daddys (some of whom have lost half their body weight and not eaten for four months!) begin the long seventy mile trek themselves.
Watching that slow waddle/march/slide across the frozen landscape was breathtaking. What a beautiful picture of devotion! We were all a little in awe of it. The sweet girl has been pretending to be an emperor penguin all week and has been acting out the whole wonderful story again and again. She even stands on her Daddy's feet and gets him to cover her with his overcoat, which she calls his "brood pouch"!
And when she asked one of us to get something for her the other day -- a snack or a second helping at dinner or a cup of water (don't recall exactly) -- I can't remember which one of us said jokingly "I'll have to walk seventy miles for this!." I think it was Dana. But the sweet girl thinks it's very funny and now she'll ask us, if we give her something, "did you walk seventy miles for this?" and just giggle. It's actually a wonderful new way of telling each other how much we love each other. Because, you know, I would cross seventy miles of frozen tundra for either one of them if I had to, and I'm pretty sure they would do the same for me.