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    dots Submission Name: What Love Means - from the mouths of childrendots

    Author: Peggy Paris
    ASL Info:    61/F/USA
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       I'm sharing an exerpt from an email I received today. I hope those of you who choose to read will find food for thought and perhaps even inspiration for writing within its content. I did not write this and will leave it on Elite Skills for just a limited time before deleting.

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    dotsWhat Love Means - from the mouths of childrendots

    Subject: What Love Means

    What Love means to a 4-8 year old:

    Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. 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

    '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."


    Many of us enjoy writing and reading love poems. I thought these children's comments might be food for thought as we work on composing our future poems.

    As I stated in the description, I did not write this! It is an exerpt from an email I received.

    --Peggy Paris (Sharon)

    'Nothing, I just helped him cry'

    Submitted on 2007-09-13 12:20:44     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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      don't little kids say and do the coolest things? none of the filters us grown ups have put in place.

    enjoyed this a lot. especially mark.
    | Posted on 2007-09-14 00:00:00 | by joeyalphabet | [ Reply to This ]
      Adorable. I've seen them before but they always make me wish I thought more like a child.
    | Posted on 2007-09-13 00:00:00 | by impassive sky | [ Reply to This ]
    'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

    You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'

    I know exactly what this kid is saying...my name has never sounded as beautiful as when it came from the mouth of the man who loved me.

    These are all very precious...with an amazing ring of truth to them.

    Thanks for sharing!
    | Posted on 2007-09-13 00:00:00 | by Raivn | [ Reply to This ]
      These were absolutely precious! Love, spoken about with innocence, is even more compelling and touching than if spoken with the greatest eloquence by a distinguished artist!

    Thanks for sharing these!!!!!!
    | Posted on 2007-09-13 00:00:00 | by Ron Cole | [ Reply to This ]

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