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What Love Is…From the Mouths of Babes

Little Girl, Tutu, Painting Hearts

Everyone knows I’m not a writer. I’m an editor. I do that for a living–fixing other people’s writing mistakes. I’ve never been good at public speaking no matter how much I practice. My brother is a writer. All his research papers in school were eloquent and he could whip out a 20-page paper in two hours. But it is children who say the simplest things in their own unique way, that sometimes are the most meaningful–and they don’t have to be the best orators or writers.

A group of professionals asked this question to a group of four to eight year olds: “What does it mean to love?” The answers were more profound than any of us adults could imagine.

When my grandmother
got arthur-itis , 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 arthur -itis 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.’

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 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with
you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and just listen.’

Bobby – age 7

‘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

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 mummy waving and
smiling. She was the only one doing that.
I wasn’t scared anymore.’

Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me
more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else
kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy
gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

‘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 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 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:
The winner was a four year old child
whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his

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 and the little boy said:
‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’


Be blessed. We need a little more of this in the world!

H/T & Inspiration by Rense

Photo Courtesy of Demanja

Melanie Grunwald

Melanie Grunwald

When not blogging or volunteering her time for conservative causes, she runs a home editing business and can be seen poring over various clients' documents as well as playing piano, making cards, and spending time with her family. She continues to educate herself on pivotal issues in the world since gaining her college degree and being raised in a military family, which taught her the value of dedication, hard work, and citizenship.

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