Love: It Really is That Simple

Recently, 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.  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 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

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 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.’

Love is as simple as a smile you give to a stranger all the way to giving your life for another as Jesus did for us and everything in between.  I think we try to complicate love by giving it all kinds of fancy definitions and conditions, but I think that love is very simple.  I think love is simply showing kindness towards another person and expecting nothing in return.

These ideas of love that these kids shared may seem oversimplified, but are they really?  Isn’t it really that simple?  Kids seem to get it, while sadly, many adults seem to lose understanding as they grow older.  Maybe today, we need to step back and look at what love is through the eyes and heart of a child.  After all, no matter how old we get, we are still someone’s child.  Maybe love isn’t that complicated at all.  Maybe love really is that simple.

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One Response to Love: It Really is That Simple

  1. Jill Ford says:

    Bill,
    This blog is just wonderful! Thank-you for sharing this with others! Love MOM

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