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wednesday words:: child's definition of love

Child's Definition of LOVE.
{all photos are from the tml flickr pool}

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

rainbow toes...

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

"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

just smile, baby

"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 (Wow!)

"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

afternoon cuppa joe

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6

"There are two kinds of love. Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them." Jenny - age 8

Good. 92/365

"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

The Antique Melody

"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

pretty little thing

"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

"Hold me, please"

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 him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."


  1. such beautiful words. the last one made me cry! xo

  2. oh my goodness those made my day. They give me hope for the future!

  3. What an endearing post and such sweet and profound words out of the little ones ;) Thank you for featuring my {painted toes} photo...

  4. My nine year old daughter, Izzy, said love is to cherish something forever in your heart.

  5. Meg... me too! So sweet.

    I asked my 5 year old little boy and he says ... "Love is when you kiss and hug a lot and at all places because it puts hearts in your eyes, but NOT when you are sick!"


  6. Karen Forsyth1/26/2011

    Oh, I love it! Made me smile:) And thanks so much for featuring my photo (i loved his outreached arms too)...

  7. I just put my boys to bed but I'm going to ask my 4 year old tomorrow. I can't wait to hear his reply. What a great idea. Thank you for doing this!!!

  8. beautiful. absolutely beautiful!

  9. I asked my 3 year old nephew, almost 4 what does love mean? and he said I LOVE YOU! and I said, I love you too, but what does love mean? He said, "the holy spirit of heaven" WOW!

  10. Loved this! Thanks for sharing

  11. Anonymous1/26/2011

    I'm going to ask my little girl in the morning. We have conversations that go like this

    Mummy, I love you
    I love you to the moon
    I love you to the moon
    I love you to the moon and back
    I love you to the moon and back
    I love you to the moon and back and then to the stars
    I love you to the moon and back and then to the stars
    I love you to the moon and back and then to the stars and back
    I love you to the moon and back and then to the stars and back

    We get sillier as she chases me around the universe! Sometimes she just says "Mummy, I love you to the stars and back" or one of our really silly ones. I tell her "I love you more" and she says "I love you more". She is the sweetest little girl ever, playing between her and her sister generally involves lots of hugs and kisses until they're both laughing uncontrollably.

  12. i was doing ok right up until the last one. now, a blubbering mess.
    such beauty in the innocence of children.

  13. Soooo cute!!!! Thank you for adding my picture among all the beautiful one here too:) You ladies rock!

  14. Anonymous1/27/2011

    This is too cute!
    What would the world be with out the love of a child, or the imagination that runs through their heads!

  15. I've never been on your blog before but this post has me misty eyed - I will be back here for sure! Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful images :)

  16. That was so adorable! I loved all the little kids comments! So sweet and reminds us of what is important. Thanks so much! I love your blog!


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