My wonderful sister-in-law shared this. It gave me a big smile, especially at the end to be reminded of the USC "Professor of Love," Leo Buscaglia, who died a few years ago. I'm sure he would have "loved" this...


What does Love mean? Kids 4 to 8 year Share Their Answers

"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

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"
Nikka - age 6

"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 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

One Final Entry from Leo Buscaglia

"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."

On Meeting Leo Buscaglia

I guess you could say I met Leo once. It was after a lecture he gave. My girlfriend-now-wife bought us tickets to attend. Leo was in awesome form, telling tales of his Love class at USC, and other wonderful encounters this one-of-a-kind Italian-American man encouraged.

After the lecture, we waited in line to "meet" the man. Buscaglia promised he would stay as long as it took to meet everyone, and he was true to his promise. He was there for at least another couple hours.

Meeting a speaker usually consists of a handshake and brief pleasantries. With Leo, it consisted of a long, wonderful hug and a feeling of deep connection. That man could connect with total strangers in milliseconds. During the embrace, I conveyed how much his books and words had meant to me, and how, in a way, he'd always been there when I was down. He pulled back from the embrace just enough to look me in the eyes and say, "And I'll always be there, Brent." We were among the last in line for the evening. It was a moment I'll never forget.

Books for Further Reading

Love: What Life Is All About - by Leo F. Buscaglia
Living Loving and Learning - Leo F. Buscaglia

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