It's natural to think we know more than our kids, right? After all, we're older and wiser. But, when it comes to love that might not be true. Kids know a lot more about love than we give them credit for.
A group of 4 to 8 year-olds were asked, "What does love mean?" Here's what they said . . .
"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." - Blake, 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." - Jake, age 4
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate." - Grace, age 6
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." - Dani, age 6
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." - Ava, age 4
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day." - Paige, age 7
"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." - Zeke, age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen." - Alexandra, age 7
"Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken." - Drew, age 5
"Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsome and she wants to kiss him." - Reed, 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." - Trent, 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." - Jessie, age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." - Sara, age 6
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." - Marianna, age 4
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." - Avery Alyssa, age 7
"Love is when Mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." - Max, 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." - Jules, age 8
This one is my favorite. It's from four year-old Chase, whose elderly next door neighbor had recently lost his wife. When Chase saw the man crying, he went into the man's yard and nestled in his lap. He just sat quietly as the man wept. His mom, witnessing the two of them together asked Chase what he said to the man. Chase responded, "I didn't say anything mommy. I just helped him cry."
Love Is All Around Us
Even when I am sad, disappointed, or have come to the end of my rope, I know that love is all around me. I just have to look hard enough.
I believe a beautiful sunset is nature's way of saying, "Good night. I love you. See you in the morning". Regardless of what's going on in my life, a sunset never fails to make me feel hopeful.
I hoped to capture that feeling with our Sunset Ombre loafers. May we all feel love and hope.
Your Turn . . .
What did you think of these kid's thoughts about love?