A Group of Kids Aged 4 to 8 Answer the Question ‘What Does Love Mean?’

by Tod Perry

January 15, 2016
via Flicker user (cc) Alice Rabesse

Who understands love better than a child? As adults, it’s easy to forget the pure, simple meaning of love and how important it is to share it. So a group of professionals recently asked a some children between the ages of four and eight, “What does love mean?” Their answers were funnier and more thoughtful than you might think.

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” - Noelle, 7

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

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” - Terri, 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, 7

“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, 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’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 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 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

(H/T Knowable)

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A Group of Kids Aged 4 to 8 Answer the Question ‘What Does Love Mean?’