Falling in love
As I was researching the topic of falling in love I found several things that people said about the moment they knew they were in love with someone. Things like, “he gives the butterflies in my stomach a reason to dust off and fly again” or “I knew I was in love when he told my mom that he loved her cooking even though we both knew she was a horrible cook” or even “I knew it was true love when she came to my house and did my laundry because she knew how much I hated doing laundry.” But there was nothing more profound than when I came across things that kids had said about love.
I thought I would share some of them with you today.
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all of the time, even when his hands get 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, 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 them giving you any of theirs.”-Chrissy, age 6
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him to make sure it tastes ok.”-Danny, age 7
“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, but 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 just listen.”-Bobby, age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend you hate.”-Nikka, age 6
“Love is when you tell a boy you like his shirt and then he wears it everyday.”-Noelle, age 7
“Love is like a 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
“Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.”-Elaine, age 5
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.”-Karen, age 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 , age 8
And last but not least, you know I had to ask my six year old Gibson what he thought love meant. I thought he was going to say something funny, but I was wrong! I may rethink asking him these kinds of things in the future…
Me: Gibson, what do you think the word love means?
Gibson: Moooommmm, I’m building legos right now, can we talk about this later?
Me: Just give me a quick answer and then I won’t bother you anymore.
Gibson: What was the question again?
Me: What do you think the word love means?
Gibson: It means I think you love me more than anyone, well besides Hamilton, because I am the last one that you kiss before you go to bed at night.
Me: Oh Gibson, that is so sweet.
Me: Yes Geeky (that’s what I call him)
Gibson: Do you think if you would have kissed daddy more at night that you would still be married?
Me: (stunned silent…and that almost never happens!)
So there you have it people, out of the mouths of babes. Maybe we should hunker down and heed their advice. I bet if we did the world would be a happier place!