Cameron, 7.5, has already hit that stage when he doesn't want any sort of embarrassing kiss or hug goodbye on the playground (*sob*). Now I'm lucky if I can get a nanosecond of eye contact before he runs into the school. He's a loving boy, but he doesn't want his 3-yr-old brother's many declarations of affection to get too mushy or embarrassing either. So Cam has been meeting Alister's "I love yous" with various iterations of "ditto."
Alister: "I love you, Mom."
Cameron: "I say that too."
Alister: "I love you, Cameron."
Cameron: "Same thing expressed previously."