What is Love?
~ from the mouths of babes ~
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does
love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you
"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
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 any 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 the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7
"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still
want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that."
Emily - age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and
listen,". Bobby - age 7
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend whom you
Nikka - age 6
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, and he then wears it every
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
Cindy - age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep
Clare - age 6
"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
Elaine - age 5
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than
Chris - age 7
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all
Mary Ann - age 4
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to
go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of
you." Karen - age 7
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you
should say it a lot. People forget."
Jessica - age 8
And the final one:
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child whose next-door
neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into
the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to
the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."
There is much we can learn from little children. In fact, Jesus taught his followers to be
child-like – in sincerity, innocence, faith and trust, and even love. Let’s put aside our sophistications, our
desire for status and power, and humble ourselves like a little child – for to such belongs the kingdom of God
(Matthew 18:2-5; 19:4).
Source of children's quotes: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/jokes-humor/25447-what-kids-say-about-love-etc.html
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