What is Love?

  1. I received the following in an email today and thought I'd share it here. Please add your own to the list!
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    A group of grammar school kids was asked, "What is love?" Here are some of their answers.

    "Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in
    the way."

    "When my grandma got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandpa does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

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

    "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

    "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs."

    "Love is when someone hurts you and you get so mad but you don't yell at them because you know it would hurt their feelings."

    "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

    "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."

    "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

    "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend
    you hate."

    "When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you're scared they won't love you anymore. But then you get surprised because not only do they still love you, they love you even more!"

    "There are two kinds of love--our love and God's love. But God makes both kinds."

    "Love is when you tell a boy you like his shirt, then he wears it
    everyday."

    "Love is like a little old lady and a little old man who are still
    friends even after they know each other so well."

    "During my piano recital, I was on a stage and 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."

    "My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

    "Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken."

    "Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Denzel Washington."

    "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

    "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old
    clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

    "I let my big sister pick on me because my Mom says she only picks on me because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister because I love her."

    "Love cards like Valentine's cards say stuff on them that we'd like to say ourselves, but we wouldn't be caught dead saying."

    "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."

    "Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

    "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 that sometimes."
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   RN-PA
    Love is:

    My husband cupping my chin in his hand when we're driving somewhere and out of the blue saying, "I'm sorry-- I haven't told you how pretty you are today". *OR* as I'm climbing into bed, with a freshly washed face and he says, "Dear, aren't you going to take off your make-up before you come to bed?" *SIGH* What a wonderful man...
  4. by   fedupnurse
    RN-PA, those are so nice. Amazing what kids think of isn't it.
    Love is unconditional. It is that weak-kneed, butterfly in your stomach feeling when you see the person you love. It is that comfort feeling of knowing that someone will be there for you anytime. It is being there for someone else. It is the realization that none of us are perfect and accepting others faults.
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Wow - some of those I've heard before, and some of them made me a little bit misty. Ah, I must be premenstrual.

    RN-PA, sounds like you really do have a nice one!

    I think love is seeing infinite value in someone else, and acting on that.

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   shygirl
    I read a story in Woman's Day magazine a few years ago and I never forgot it. This couple had been married for 65 years. Every night as they fell asleep, she had her head resting on his chest. She stated that she couldn't get to sleep unless she heard the gentle rythm of his heart. He got into a terrible accident and didn't survive. He wished to be an organ donor. Anyway, his still good heart went to a young man who was married. After a few months the old wife couldn't sleep because she missed her husband and his heart beat. She contacted the young guy and asked if she could just come over and lay her head on his chest so she could hear her husband's heart beating. The young man said "No". Long story short, he finally gave in-and she went and got to listen one more time.

    That is what I think love is
  7. by   NurseDennie
    I know this is sentimental but that story still gave me a giggle. I know - I'm not a nice person. Can you imagine a young guy being given the heart of a guy who's old enough to have been married 65 years??? Sure, come on over for a sentimental listen - how much more could it be good for?

    I'm sorry - I'm not nice. I just keep thinking of the transplant team calling the young guy - we've got a heart that matches -- But........

    Love

    Dennie
  8. by   RNforLongTime
    Hmm, I find it interesting that the heart of a man at least 75 yrs old would be considered suitable for transplant. And then to have that young man say "no" to an old lady's request? That man should be lucky to be alive! But the story is so touching.
  9. by   jayna
    Now that is a big question for me.

    WHAT IS LOVE?
    HOW IS IT TO LOVE SOMEONE?

    Now , I love my family, love my kids soo much, love those who are poor.
    But, do I love a man?
    Do , I love HIM.........that man there. He said he love me but but ......nahhh.
    I don't know.
  10. by   hapeewendy
    Love is being able to be a goofy bugger with someone and have him actually appreciate the goofy bugger in me.....
    Love is when he calls me annoying nicknames that I would pummle anyone else for calling me , but just lovingly pinch his arm when he calls me them.
    Love is having someone love you not in spite of your faults but partly because of them.
    love is when even after years of being together your heart still flutters at his touch.
    love is wearing his favourite hockey jersey or tee shirt and loving the fact that it smells like him.
    love is being able to tell eachother most anything, things you never thought you would tell another living soul flow freely from your lips to his ears.
    I could go on and on forever but I am sounding more and more like a hallmark card or danielle steele novel than I ever thought I could.
    all this mush and not one bit of sarcasm on my part
    I'm impressed!
  11. by   NurseAngie
    Love is saying good bye and trying real hard not to bawl your eyes out when you never know if it's for the last time and feeling like it will surely kill YOU if it is. (letting the one go even though you are against it because in the end who will have appreciated his leaving all those times anyway??? Surely not the people that he's leaving for!!!!) Love is waiting on the pier when it's freezing cold and raining just to see his face for the first time in many, many months. (usually looking through binoculars to catch his smile when he sees you!) Love is sticking it out when it might be easier just to give up. That's what love is to me. I am waiting for my love to come home!

    {love is also what keeps some of us going!}

    A fool for love,
    ~Angie
  12. by   Ted
    Love . . . is a four letter word. . . . .a very beatiful four letter word. . .
  13. by   Ted
    Originally posted by NurseAngie
    Love is saying good bye and trying real hard not to bawl your eyes out when you never know if it's for the last time and feeling like it will surely kill YOU if it is. (letting the one go even though you are against it because in the end who will have appreciated his leaving all those times anyway??? Surely not the people that he's leaving for!!!!) Love is waiting on the pier when it's freezing cold and raining just to see his face for the first time in many, many months. (usually looking through binoculars to catch his smile when he sees you!) Love is sticking it out when it might be easier just to give up. That's what love is to me. I am waiting for my love to come home!

    {love is also what keeps some of us going!}

    A fool for love,
    ~Angie
    Angie. . . a wonderful definition of love!

    Peace to you and your husband!

    Ted
  14. by   Nurse Ratched
    My hubby recently agreed to go to ballroom dance lessons with me (something I had mentioned from time to time in the past, but that I never held any real hope he's go along with, so I hadn't brought it up recently.) He goes and practices and if he's not enjoying it then he's doing a fantastic imitation of enjoying it. Scheduled time in his arms - what could be nicer?

    Your man agreeing to stumble around with you in front of strangers because you want to - now that's love .

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