What is Love?

A group of professionals asked 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. Here’s just a few of them:

“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,4

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”-Terri,4

“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,8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”-Bobby,7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”-Nikka,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.”-Tommy,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,8

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”-Elaine,5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”-Chris,7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”-Mary Ann,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,4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” -Karen,7

“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,8

These kids’ responses show just how much of an impact adults have on them. This Thanksgiving, and really any other day, show how much you care about your loved ones and be thankful. Think about who in your life fits into these definitions of love, and show them that you’re thankful that they’re in your life.

My definition of love:


Happy Thanksgiving.

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