The other day I was in the check-out line at the grocery. There was a young family ahead of me – a couple and their young son. The son told me he was seven and was “SO over being around his parents – who were so in love they could barely finish their french fries .”
He made me laugh. He also made me think about what some other kids’ view of love might be. Here’s some of what I found:
“Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” — John, age 9
“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” — Manuel, age 8
“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” — Mae, age 6
“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” — Greg, age 8
“On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” — Mike, age 9
“I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when Dinosaurs is on television.” — Jill, age 6
“One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too.” — Andrew, age 7
“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and handsome.” — Carolyn, age 8
“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” — Kenny, age 7
“One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” — Ava, age 8
“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” — Regina, age 10
“Love is foolish…but I still might try it sometime.” — Floyd, age 9
“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” — Dave, age 8
What have the kids in your world taught you about love?
5 thoughts on “kids and love…”
In kindergarten, a neighbor girl told her mom that she’d told our middle son that he was her boyfriend. The mom said “Well, what did he say?” The little girl replied, “Oh, he was surprised!” I thought to myself that it wouldn’t be the last time that a girl surprised him in matters of love!
Alicia, may he always celebrate the surprises Love & girls offers him 😉
thanks for the smiles…
That sticky kisses and dirty hand hugs are the BEST!!!!
And then there is my recent lesson: a phone call at 2AM doesn’t necessarily mean trouble. It can just mean that my oldest child is growing up into a remarkable young man!
no specific lesson, but almost everything that really matters about love can be learned from children. they live in the moment, love recklessly and forgive immediately. they are the ones to watch, as the poem teaches, “your children are not your children, they are the sons and the daughters of Life’s longing for itself.”
awwwwwwwwwwwwww Judi, thanks for the smiles!
Carol, truer words have never been written. THANKS!