The question, “What does love mean?” was posed to a group of 4-8 year olds. Here are some of their answers:
Rebecca, age 8. “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails. My grandfather does it for her now.” Billy, age 4. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know your name is safe in their mouth.” Karl, age 5. “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Chrissy, age 6. “Love is when you give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Danny, age 8. “Love is when mommy makes coffee for daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Noelle, age 7. “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” Elaine, age 5, “Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.” Lauren, age 5. “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” And the winner was from a 4 year old whose elderly next door neighbor had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the old man sitting outside crying, the little boy went into over, climbed up onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”
O let’s love each other not just this day but all the other days of the year too. Happy Valentine’s Day.