Maybe you’ve seen this . . . but even if you have, it’s worth a repeat.

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

‘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. My 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 Brad Pitt.’ 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

‘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 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 the neighbor, the little boy
said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’

Here’s praying for a little more love in your day,



  1. Brittanie

    AWW! How sweet. It made me think. The truth is that I know my family loves me and God but other than that I have pretty much turned into a jaded old woman at the ripe age of 24. It was nice to hear from the children and their answers surprising to me too. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    My all-time favorite response to this one is, “You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” These answers show true wisdom … why do we grow up and forget some of this? Clyde

  3. Angela

    I love that line too, Clyde. There’s a song out now that I also love–some of the lyrics are “I pray for you, you pray for me . . . I won’t harm you with words from my mouth . . .”

    Wisdom indeed, from the mouths of babes.


  4. Nicole

    Wow. I wish I’d thought of some of them.

  5. Megan DiMaria

    Thanks for sharing, Angela. My favorite answer was the “safe in your mouth” one. That kid sounds like a writer-in-training.

    A prisoner of hope,


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