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Love, as perceived by some
children 4 to 8 years-of-age

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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.
bullet 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."
bullet 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."
bullet 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."
bullet 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."
bullet Terri - age 4: "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
bullet 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."
bullet 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."

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bullet Bobby - age 7: "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
bullet Nikka - age 6: "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate."
bullet Noelle - age 7: "'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
bullet 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."
bullet 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."
bullet Clare - age 6: "My mummy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
bullet Elaine-age 5: "Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
bullet Elaine-age 5: "Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
bullet Mary Ann - age 4: "'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
bullet 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."
bullet Karen - age 7: "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."
bullet Mark - age 6: "Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
bullet 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"

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First published here: 2009-FEB-06
Last updated: 2009-FEB-07
Compiled by: B.A. Robinson

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