A friend sent me these quotes (thanks, you know who you are). According to the email, these are how some children answered when they were asked to describe what is love. I have no idea whether the answers were truly from those children but I still find the quotes interesting.

Rebecca [age 8] – “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.”

Terri (age 4) – “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”

Danny (age 7) – “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.”

Nikka (age 6) – “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”

Noelle (age 7) – “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”

/end quotes

It’s Sunday, and here in LessonInLife I don’t think anyone deserve to be stressed with heavy topic on a Sunday 🙂

But can I ask, how would you describe love? (The catch is you must use only examples like what Rebecca, Danny and Noelle answered)

Photo credit –  Huong Lan

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  1. 08 Jun 08 9:18 pm

    salam banji,
    my email:

    so, how’s the baby? and not forgetting the new mommy and daddy? you must be very excited with this ‘little creature’ that represented both of your loves towards each other..anugerah Allah yang sangat berharga… Syukur Alhamdulillah…
    mesti rasa seronok sangat kan… Akak dah rasa perasaan sebegini 8 kali…. mmg masa sakit nak bersalin tu, mesti cakap…”hiii tobat tak mahu bersalin lagi..” tapi bila lihat those cute little faces… terus lupa semua rasa sakit bersalin…hahaha…

  2. 08 Jun 08 9:20 pm

    apek and yusry said:

    awak dengan sssaye nyanyi,

    “cinta itu boleh diumpamakan bagai makan sambal belacan. walau pedas hingga mengalir air mata masih mau dimakan jua..cinta jangan dibuat macm goreng pisang. sungguh enak bila makan panas-panas.bila ia sejuk jadi kurang enak.hohohoho, hilang sedapnyaaaaaa”


  3. 08 Jun 08 10:42 pm

    cinta itu umpama sabun mandi, semakin diguna semakin habis..hehe – pepatah orang yang tak percayakan cinta

  4. banji
    08 Jun 08 11:31 pm

    Kak Azzah8 – the baby’s getting better, last time we checked her jaundice had returned to safe level.

    Memang happy, Allah saja yang tahu, Syukur sangat… tapi tu lah, anak sulung, banyak kena belajar 🙂

    Fairuzniza – heheh ada kebenarannya disitu 🙂 cerita apa tu?

    Anne – agaknya orang yg tak percayakan cinta mmg begitu. but of course personally I don’t agree to that 🙂 Harapnya anne pun tak..

  5. 08 Jun 08 11:37 pm

    Cinta tu apa?
    cinta tu bila laki pompuan kiss kiss and hug hug.

    I heard the above saying before,
    genuinely from a little 5 years old boy.
    but i could not remember from where.

    i wish i could reply to him…
    ‘that is lust… boy’

  6. banji
    09 Jun 08 12:48 am

    DaPocket – cute! but equally terrifying. The new generation may and most probably have the wrong picture of love.

  7. 09 Jun 08 9:53 am

    dalam cite lady boss..

  8. 09 Jun 08 10:35 am

    huhu.. children say the darnest thing. I am touched reading the replies.
    I dunno, maybe that’s from the point of view of children from west, so affection of love can easily to be seen in the family (daddy & mummy, gandma & grandpa etc. etc)
    so why don’t you ask the children here, maybe we’ll get different point of view. well, it’s wild guess, but since we don’t share the same culture and since we don’t show affections to the loved ones, and since the kids don’t really see it but in tv, I think we’ll hear vary opinions, hehe..

  9. banji
    09 Jun 08 10:52 pm

    fairuzniza – oo ok 🙂 tak tengok lagi cerita tu, tq

    azuwachan – You have an excellent point. Yes, I guess the culture there is that they can easily see their parent in love with each other.

    I’m very sure that if our children were asked about love, he/she will blush and shy away. Thinking that love is something very inappropriate to talk about.

    I doubt we can see the parents in our culture even say “I love you” out loud.

  10. 09 Jun 08 11:07 pm

    love is when perfection does not matter anymore <~ i wrote this when i was 14..

  11. banji
    09 Jun 08 11:53 pm

    Anne – Nicely done! 🙂 That is one good definition of love, especially for a 14 years old. There must be some great stories behind it

  12. 10 Jun 08 7:09 am

    love is when you give someone your last French fry.

  13. 10 Jun 08 12:42 pm

    those kids’ quotes are pretty cute. haha

  14. banji
    11 Jun 08 12:56 am

    The Baglady – Kids say the darnest thing 🙂

  15. banji
    11 Jun 08 12:58 am

    Komodo Dragon – Sorry that your comment was put in my spam box.

    I’m sure you are a big McD fan. My wife is crazy about them french fries

  16. Steph
    23 Jul 08 5:23 am

    you search for it your whole life
    when you find it, you dont know what to do with it
    your afraid to lose it
    you love your friends, family, pets, gf’s and bf’s, your favorite baseball glove
    when you dont have it, you search for it
    you cant live with out it.
    But the first time you love, and lose it. Your afraid to try again
    Love- easy to spell, easy to say, impossible to define

  17. banji
    23 Jul 08 11:55 pm

    Steph – That’s so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. That actually sum up the meaning of love as it is

  18. 12 Dec 08 11:42 pm

    lov3 is cinta.. Cinta is lov3.. HahaX!

  19. banji
    13 Dec 08 12:18 am

    sD_X – Straight to the point, answering the question, leaving room for more discussion.. I like it 🙂

    But too simple for me

  20. khairul al-nisa
    02 Dec 10 1:33 pm


  21. banji
    22 Dec 10 6:29 pm

    Khairul Al-Nisa – Wow.. that’s a very negative way to describe love. I bet it must have come from a hurtful experience. Do give LOVE another chance will ya 🙂

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