Love, as perceived by some
children 4 to 8 years-of-age
This list is found in hundreds of locations in the Internet. There is no way
to know whether it is a real collection of children's sayings or a hoax. But,
ultimately, it doesn't really matter.
Children aged 4 to 8 were asked "What does 'love' mean. These are allegedly
some selected responses.
|Rebecca- age 8: "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."|
|Billy - age 4: "When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."|
|Karl - age 5: "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving
cologne and they go out and smell each other."|
|Chrissie - age 6: "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of
your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."|
|Terri - age 4: "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."|
|Danny - age 7: "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."|
|Emily - age 8: "'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."|
|Bobby - age 7: "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop
opening presents and listen."|
|Nikka - age 6: "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a
friend who you hate."|
|Noelle - age 7: "'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he
wears it everyday."|
|Tommy - age 6: "Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are
still friends even after they know each other so well."|
|Cindy - age 8: "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."
|Clare - age 6: "My mummy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone
else kissing me to sleep at night."|
|Elaine-age 5: "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."|
|Mary Ann - age 4: "'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you
left him alone all day."|
|Lauren - 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."|
|Karen - age 7: "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and
little stars come out of you."|
|Mark - age 6: "Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't
think it's gross."|
|Jessica - age 8: "'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."|
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"
Copyrights for the individual quotations held by their creators.
First published here: 2009-FEB-06
Last updated: 2009-FEB-07
Compiled by: B.A. Robinson