Right now, right at this moment, the world seems to be going crazy.

I do not need to expound on that statement, one I am sure, many will agree with.

Which leads me to post the following.

It is simple.

Ask some children to explain ‘What Love is’ and then listen to their answers.

Surprisingly they teach us so much.

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“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)


“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 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


“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (What an image!)

Karen – age 7


“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


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 neighbour 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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Taken from ‘Further Ramblings’ © Paul White 2014

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What do you think?

Written by Paul White


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  1. Paul, you captured something I know we all need to listen o and hear. Not, hear in the sense that it rattles off the walls around us as sound waves, but hear in that we need to take it to our hearts and cherish it.

    We need, to borrow one of the children’s sayings, to practice speaking names of others with love.

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