Thursday, January 27, 2011

love: to a 4 year old

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. 
“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
“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 what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age 7 (my favorite)
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” 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
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” 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 6
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” 
Karen – age 7
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” Mark – age 6
“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 neighbour 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 what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”

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  1. That is the cutest thing ever! I love the one about the french fries! lol

  2. That is so cool and cute!!!!! I can't believe all those children had such good answers!!!! My favorite is by Jessica age 8!!!!!!

  3. this is amazing!!! thank you for sharing it!!! we should remember this everyday. I work with children and for me it´s the most amazing thing, I learn so much from is such a big word for us, but no for those children, we need to love more (say it and show it!!)

  4. this is so cute... :) and unexpected.... this last story actually made me cry a little bit... it's so... sweet :)

  5. awwh. this is so cute! i'd bever expect younger children to say things like this.

  6. THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!!!! How inspiring. Those kids are going to become great heroes when they're older. GO KIDS!! SPREAD THE LOVE! :D

  7. That's too cute for words!

  8. oh my god jenna im shocked we actually read the same quote! if found it like 3 days ago i was so nicely shocked we read the same thing!!!
    you're awesome!

  9. there's something so pure about children's thoughts, i wish we could stay like this forever...

    i read this on tumblr last week and i favorited the post. there was also this quote that I really liked:
    “We call a child's mind "small" simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours is, for it can take in almost anything without effort” - Christopher Morley