A group of professionals posed this question to 4 – 8 year-olds: “What does love mean?” The answers were broader, deeper and more profound than one could have imagined.
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.” (Rebecca, age 8)
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” (Billy, age 4)
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” (Karl, age 5)
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you anything of theirs.” (Chrissy, age 6)
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” (Terri, age 4) “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure it tastes okay.” (Danny, age 8)
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.” (Bobby, age 7) (Wow!)
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with someone you hate.” (Nikka, age 6) (We need a few million more Nikkas on this planet).
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” (Noelle, age 7)
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” (Tommy, age 6)
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”