Definition of Love – As Told by Children

This is from a post I found. A group of 4 to 8 year-olds were asked the question, “What does love mean?”
Below are their answers. So pure and true. If you have your definition of love to add, please comment!

“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 – 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

“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

“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!)

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

“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

“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.” (what an image) Karen – age 7

“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

And the final one — 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 what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”

Photo credit: Conor Keller 


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    Reply December 25, 2011

    Linda Cable

    Maybe there is hope for the Human Race after all…I sure have had it with the current bunch. Last night on CTV News, they showed horses being slaughtered for meat…it was suppose to take one bullet, it took 11 shots and it was the worst thing I ever saw.I have not eaten any meat for many years, but I do eat eggs, but never never fish.How can we stop this slaughtering of all these critters? I wish these children will stay this wise.Love ya all children!!! love you all you critters!!!

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      Reply April 28, 2017


      I think the defintion of Love is like when you like a person a lot and you just like how they look and their smile, when you love someone, you want them to be always happy.

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    Reply December 9, 2012

    Modupe Salau

    This is no doubt the most sincere definitions of love. Indeed there’s still hope for the world

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    Reply February 11, 2013

    Mara Luvable

    love is when you just get a tiggly feeling around that person. Even when your mad at the person, you just cant stay mad. Love is wen that person picks you up and brightens your day even when your not in the mood. Love is when a person can make you smile even when you don’t want to and think theres nothin to smile abput

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    Reply February 13, 2013

    Victoria Jackosn

    Really precious unfiltered comments of love from their concrete perspective. I use these as part of a devotional thoughts for my class about culturally competent child welfare practice.


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    Reply July 22, 2013


    This post is intensely beautiful. As is this blog. Permission to repost with link?

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      Reply July 24, 2013

      Amy C

      Thank you Ruka. Please do repost.

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    Reply May 15, 2019


    love is when you can sit in a room with someone, each doing your own thing and enjoying each other’s company. love is hearing their name in a crowd and instantly perking up. love is staying up late to talk, even when you can barely keep your eyes open. love is the butterflies in your stomach when they come to your mind.

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