What Is Love?
February 13th, 2010 by Sonja

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  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.’ – 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 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.     Mommy 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 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.’  – 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
The winner was 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 what he had said to th e neighbor, the little boy said,                       ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

In the spirit of coming to Jesus as little children, take a shot at it in the comments – what is love to you?   Where do you see the concept we call love manifest in action in your life?  Or … which one of these was special to you and why?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

3 Responses  
  • john santic writes:
    February 13th, 20101:14 pmat

    I really liked the winner…

    this is a great post Sonja…thanks. You should tweet everyone of these tomorrow :)

  • Peggy writes:
    February 13th, 20103:40 pmat

    I’ve seen this list before, Sonja. Great thing to repost….

    Here’s Abi’s shot:

    Love is doing what someone else wants to do, because they really need to do it more than you want to do what you wanted to do.

    Love is doing something for or with someone else that they are struggling to do alone.

    Love is taking the initiative because you can see someone needs a hug or a smile or a hand before they can even realize what they need.

    Love is extending yourself for others while trusting that Papa is extremely fond of you … so that it will all work out in the end.

    Love is a mystery….

    You know me … love is cHesed!

    • Steve Hayes writes:
      March 13th, 20104:37 amat

      If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate

      — that’s profound.

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