What is love?

Love is a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.  Paul Coelho

A child’s definition of love

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 know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

“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

“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

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

“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

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.”


40 thoughts on “What is love?

  1. Amazing how much we can learn from children. I hope one day we can become just as aware how much we can teach them so they have the opportunity to grow up healthy and happy.

  2. When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4 and the one who helped the old man cry. ❤
    Diana xo

  3. Such clarity and beauty. These definitions of love support the traditional beliefs of the Ojibwe – children are gifts from the Creator, born in a state of original sanctity.

  4. These are all so sweet, but the last one is the best. Sometimes we just need a shoulder to cry on. Hugs

  5. Karen all of these are so very precious. Especially the last one. kids seem to have a way about them don’t they. I have this clear memory of my six year old niece turning around in church at my brothers funeral, she smiled and just grabbed my hand and squeezed it. I cannot describe the comfort I felt from that. She says now as an adult she can barely remember, but i will treasure that moment forever.

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