Recently I spoke with a friend who gives wise counsel and she asked me my definition of love. As I pondered this question, I remembered reading some responses given by a group of children between the ages of 4 and 8 when asked this question in a contest that author Leo Buscaglia judged.
‘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 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 your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’
Mary Ann – age 4
‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’
Karen – age 7
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 neighbour, the little boy said,
‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’.
I’ll report back next month.