When it comes to love, young people are often pigeonholed and told they should listen to their elders. Almost as if there’s a certain number of times you have to be wooed and heartbroken to know what true love is. But is that really the case?
Year after year, this story makes rounds on the Internet. No one seems to really know where it originally came from. The tale explains that a group of professionals interviewed kids, ages 4-8, asking them to explain what the word “love” means. After they finished, they were totally amazed and overwhelmed by how these little geniuses managed to capture the essence of true, unconditional love.
So no matter if it’s real or not, give it a read and maybe you will find the perfect description of the way you feel towards someone.
1. “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday,” — Noelle, age 7.
2. “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.
3. “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired,” — Terri, age 4.
4. “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.
5. “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you,” — Karen, age 7.
6. “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.
7. “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day,” — Mary Ann, age 4.
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 Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss,” — Emily, age 8.
9. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen,” — Bobby, age 7.
10. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth,” — Billy, age 4.
11. “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken,” — Elaine, age 5.
12. “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.
13. “There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them,” — Jenny, age 8.
14. “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.
15. “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross,” — Mark, age 6.
16. “During my piano recital, I was on the 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.
17. “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.
18. “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.
19. “My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night,” — Clare, age 6.
20. “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford,” — Chris, age 7.
21. “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” — Nikka, age 6.
What do you say and in the light of these, could you define love that can make the world a better place? Yours could make the moon say hi to the sun!