A conversation took place between a boy and his mother at bedtime last night.
Boy : I love you generically, Mummy.
Mum: That's nice.
Boy : But I love Daddy and Nanny specifically.
Mum: Oooohh? What's the difference between loving someone generically and loving someone specifically?
Boy : There's no difference, really. It's all love.
Mum: Surely there's a difference, otherwise why would you use two different terms?
Boy : Well, I love Daddy and Nanny specifically because I don't see them so much.
Mum: What do you mean? Daddy comes home from work every evening, and he's here all weekend.
Boy : I mean compared to the time you and I spend together. I only see Daddy for a few hours each day, and Nanny a few times each month. You and I spend more than 12 hours together every day! That's why my love for you is 'generic'.
Mum: I see.... That makes sense.