Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Love is ...........

Out of the mouth of babes - often so very true!   Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it.

It just puts a huge smile in your heart.

What does 'Love' mean? 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 think:

'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toe nails 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 any of theirs.'

Chrissie - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'

Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mummy 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 Mummy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'

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 who you hate,'

Nikka - age 6

'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

'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.'

Cindy - age 8

'My mummy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'

Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'

Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mummy 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 4

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.'

Karen - age 7

'Love is when Mummy 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 neighbour, the little boy said,

'Nothing, I just helped him cry'

When there is nothing left, that is when you find out that love is all you need.


Ron said...

Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for posting this, Akelamalu!!!

The last one brought tears to my eyes!

It was so beautiful!

But the one, Karl - age 5...made me BUST out laughing!!

These were ALL so sweet!

Thanks again!

CG said...

I'm sitting here laughing and crying.

My favourite was
'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'

Thanks for this lovely post!

Emmie said...

I just asked my little girl what love is and she said

"it's when someone hugs and kisses you at night"

I think she is referring to when we do good night kisses, as this is when we hug, have good night kisses and tell each other we love each other.. aww.

Dumdad said...

"Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

I wish!

Flowerpot said...

those are really lovely - thanks Ak for enlightening a horrible morning!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for sharing those delightful words!

buffalodick said...

Very, very good. Very, very touching...

Real Live Lesbian said...'ve ruined my mascara!!!!

What a touching post.

I love this one...

'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

So very true for me.

Queenie said...

Big Arrrrr!!!!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

you know honey i will admit that sarge has helped me with toenail polish a time or two when i couldn't get out for a pedicure. and it IS love! ha ha

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

The last one brought tears to my eyes too Ron :(

Laughing and Crying all in the same post - there's certainly a mixture in there CG x

AW your little girl has got it so right Emmie, bless her.

Oh come on I bet Mrs Dumdad says that about you Dumdad! ;)

Some of them certainly bring about a smile don't they Flowerpot? :)

You're welcome Nick, I hope they brightened your day. x

Yes children can come out with some really touching remarks can't they Buff?

Billy's words are so wise aren't they RLL. Sorry for ruining your mascara honey. x

Definitely a big Aaaaahhhhhh Queenie :)

Daryl said...

Love it .. so sweet and the perfect antidote to all the political stuff I waded through this morning ..


ciara said...

made me laugh & cry this morning, ake...i can see why the 4 yr old won. kids always love unconditionally...too bad it never stays that way :(

Suburbia said...

It was so lovely to read all those. So many could be my favourites. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Smalltown RN said...

Out of the mouths of babes is right.....children can teach us so much....if we listen......thank you for the reminder.....hugs

Akelamalu said...

These certainly beat politics don't they Daryl? :)

If only that one childhood trait could stay with us Ciara, how good would the world be?

I'm so pleased you enjoyed them Suburbia x

They certainly can RN :)

Dianne said...

absolutely beautiful. kids are so smart. we should all hang on to the child within us - it takes you to wonderful places.

Daisy said...

Ooh, I'm definitely feeling tearful after that - so wonderful. I can't wait to have kids of my own to hear them say things like that!!

Cindy said...

Those are precious.

Dr.John said...

Great posting. I liked the first and last ones best.

G-Man said...

Very sweet Ake....

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lettuce said...

ah - i was emailed these last week.

i especially love the 2nd one.

Catch said...

this is so cute! When I read where love is Mommy giving Daddy the best piece of when you come over to my blog I tell about when I dropped a pork chop and put it on my husbands plate!!!! LMAO

Akelamalu said...

Kids always tell the truth - whether it hurts or not Dianne! ;)

Kids are hard work Daisy, but oh so worth it! :)

Yes they are Cindy. :)

Glad you enjoyed it Dr.John

They were G-man. :)

Welcome Cloudia, I'm so please you enjoyed your first visit here. :)

I got them in an email too Lettuce, I thought they were so lovely I just had to share them. :)

You're very naughty Catch LOL

Shrinky said...

Awww, I hate to admit to it, but I have a lump in my throat now (a good one). Beautiful, so glad I popped by.

ps. I think I may have already signed this petition, but I am happy to do it again.

RiverPoet said...

Oh yes, I have seen this before. Isn't it beautiful, though? I love the way their little minds think. I believe as we get older, we get so serious and forget the beauty in our feelings.

Peace - D

Akelamalu said...

Kids say just the right thing to choke us up don't thyey Shrinky? Thanks for signing the petition. xx

It is beautiful riverpoet, but then children are just beautiful aren't they? :)

Julia Smith said...

Hey - I'm tearing up at work. Oh well...

storyteller said...

Aw … this are preciously sweet definitions! Thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

Oooops sorry to embarrass you at work Julia :(

They truly are Storyteller :)

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