Monday, 24 November 2008

I was in the right field but wrong job.

My friend 'Granny' sent me this tonight. I was going to forward it on instead but thought it would be a great way to explain why I love working with young children.

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

What does 'Love' mean?

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.'
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

'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 Mummy 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 mummy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6

'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

'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 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 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 neighbour, the little boy said,
'Nothing, I just helped him cry'


  1. Aren't children just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing those comments.

  2. Oh boy, wiping a tear away, that was a great post Trash! I especially loved "Karl age 5".

  3. What beautiful answers those children gave ... we have a lot to learn from these little ones :o). It's a shame we grow up and lose that innocence ...... I just love the one where grandad paints grandmas toenails .... ;o)
    Joy :o)

  4. The little guy helped me cry too : )

    Nice post.

  5. Aren't these gorgeous. I just adore "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas"

  6. Beautiful!
    Thank you for posting this *sniff*
    They are all wonderful.
    Kids bring this right to the point.

  7. Ahh, shucks. Aren't they sweet!

  8. Oh boy... they were wonderful! And that last one made me cry....

  9. lovely post - made me cry - talk about out of the mouths of babes!


  10. The last one is gorgeous, but I especially love this one:

    "'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
    You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'"

    That is SO true.


  11. Oh...

    *lump in throat*

    That is SOOOOO lovely. I'm going to have to link to it. Bobby's Christmas one is amazing, and helping the old man cry...

    Kidlets can be little horrors but sometimes, just sometimes...


  12. what a beautiful post, brought tears to my eyes

    April xx

  13. oh god. that is so beautiful. :*)

  14. Lovely. My little Minx helps me cry too :)


  15. That is so sweet, especially the last one. I think grown ups could learn a lot by listening to more quotes from children like these.

  16. Toooo cute...i like Karl aged 5.

  17. Loved reading those comments Trash - thanks for posting them. Kids are great.

  18. awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! so sweet & funny & cool! thanks, missus for always amusin' & intriguin' me!!!

    (mums in the area should probably be warned about karl in about 10 years!) ♥♥♥

  19. You've made my day. What gorgeous sentiments. I don't know if any adult could express it better.

  20. So cute!! I love kids...the honesty and innocence is priceless.

  21. I'm laughing, I'm crying and I just want to climb into my kids beds and cuddle them all night. They were spot on with the last one, what a beautiful soul!

  22. Amazing! That will make me smile for the rest of the weekend. People need to give more credit to kids. They are wiser than we give them credit for.

  23. What comment? Did you say something so rude that my comments box deleted it itself?? Believe me I've tried to delete comments but Mr Site won't let me. The *******s.

    And were you really up at one o'clock this morning surfing??

    Anyway. Sorry. I'm not taking the three minutes specified to read this post. I tried to but bearing in mind I have a 16 year old who I currently want to throttle, I just can't do it.

    I shall come back to pat the pup tho. (oo-er missus)


  24. Thanks for sharing this we can all learn a lot about love from these kids

  25. Oh Wow, I just love those. Best chicken, sipping coffee to make sure it's ok and silence on Christmas day - TRUE LOVE!!

  26. That last one just kills me - so sensitive!

  27. Thanks Trash for this post! We laughed and sighed all the way through.