Thursday, 23 October 2008


This was sent to my by my good friend Bernie. A group of professional people posed the question "what does love mean?" to 4 to 8 year-olds. 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 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 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 (Wow!)

'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

'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.' (what an image) 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 garden, 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'


Maggie May said...

That last on was a tear jerker wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Especially the one about the puppy licking your face after it's been alone all day.

CJ xx

Mean Mom said...

So glad I called by. I noticed the title on maggie may's blog and it caught my interest. Young children notice and understand so much more than most of suspect. (I enjoyed the last post, too!)

Jay said...

Oh, that last one! What a perceptive child! And what a caring man he will grow up to be. *Sigh* The world needs more like him.

Now, where are those tissues ... ?

dulwichmum said...

The last one finished me off. Darn. My mascara is running.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh. Wow. From the mouths of babes, indeed.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I love it Maggie.

Retiredandcrazy said...

You are just a big softy CJ

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks Mean Mom, and welcome.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Now if only politics and banks were run by people like that Jay. Oh well!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I never thought I would live to see the day that you would allow your mascara run DM. What on earth is the world coming too? Standards are dropping.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes indeed Sandi.

Anonymous said...

You have to believe, after reading these, that there IS great hope for the future.
The last one got me too, and here I was keeping it all in.

Sandi McBride said...

Congratulations on the Post of the Day nom at David's!

Anonymous said...

oh mY! sooo shouldn't have read that at work. *tears*

I hope those children never lose that pureness.

Lee said...

Loved those! Sometimes is the child's heart that says it best. Definitely true here!

Congratulations on making David's Post of the Day list.


Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes, Moannie, I think the future is bright, even it is not orange1 Welcime.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I love children's innocence don't you Chapati? Thanks for calling by.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Peace to you too Lee and welcome.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

thanks!!! I was sent this awhile ago and inadvertently deleted it, so I'm grateful your posted it..

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Gosh RAC, that was just lovely - it certainly brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful those little people are - how compassionate and full of love and understanding. The world is certainly a better place with children like these in it. Thank you so much for posting it. M xx

Retiredandcrazy said...

Glad to oblige FF&F. Thanks for your visit

Retiredandcrazy said...

Great aren't they Margot?