The Wisdom of Children

Small girl in orange shirtThere is much we can learn from children. The saying ‘out of the mouths of babes‘ may be very cliché, but like many clichés it holds a great deal of truth.

Apparently the comments below were all answers given by children, aged between 4 and 8, who were asked “What is love?”

We know they’ve been doing the rounds on the internet for some years now – but we thought they were worth sharing again. :)

If you’ve seen them before, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy them all over again. And if you haven’t, we hope they’ll make you smile. You may also be surprised by their wisdom and perceptiveness! :)

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 loveRebecca- age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouthBilly – age 4

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs
Chrissie – age 6

Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired
Terri – age 4

Love is when my mummy 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

Child with Mother at ChristmasLove is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen
Bobby – age 7

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.  
Nikka – 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 Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken
Elaine-age 5

Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford
Chris – age 7

Small girl with hands to her faceLove is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day
Mary Ann – age 4

When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you
Karen – age 7

Love is when Mummy 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 finally …

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 neighbour, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’.

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