Friday, April 25, 2008

The Wisdom of Children

We usually think of kids as people we need to teach but there are times when they show a wisdom far beyond the grasp of adult. I would like to share with you, each of my friends out there in cyberland, a few wise words, and i do mean wise, of what is in the head of our children. Maybe some of you have seen something like this before but the words may still bring a smile to your face and that is all I seek.

These are some of the answers given by the kids when asked the question of what they thought love was.
" 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 what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri-age 4
" 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 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
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Mary Ann-age 4
"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
And if you don't think kids learn things just by watching their parents, just listen to these. It may make parents think twice about how they behave and treat each other. It may even help parents understand just how important it is to have a two parent home for these kids. But most important, it may help all of us to understand how kids see us as adults too and what they think it means to be an adult.

"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 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
"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
"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was 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." Cindy - age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6
"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7
The last one I have to offer to show how much they learn from parents about love is 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"


tweetey30 said...

Griper arent children wonderful? I know from my own two they do say some pretty weird stuff sometimes but they know more than we know sometimes and they suprise us each and every day with new things and idea's. Thank you for sharing this. I know I have read a few of these in e-mails but it brings a slight tear to my eyes reading them in blog form for some reason. It seems more personnal for some dang reason.

Gayle said...

Good morning, Griper.

This is a wonderful post. They are all so precious I can't pick a favorite! :)

The Griper said...

HE GRINS, good morn gayle

The Griper said...

wisdom out of the mouths of babes, they be.

Pinky said...

Precious. My kids say things like this, and I write it down on napkins, scraps, and baby books. Precious words to save for a life time.

The Griper said...

have you catagorized them pinky? i think they would make a good post.

Average American said...

Very refreshing Griper. I have seen some of these but it was nice to read them again. Ah...the innocence of youth!

The Griper said...

innocence yes, but when thought upon so much wisdom of life is there too.
for what is greater than the wisdom found in the acts of others.
for these kids the knowing of the meaning of love in acts we, as adults, would only take for granted and they see it at such a young age.

and i'll admit it even i found new meaning in love from the words of these kids. especially of the last one.

Fallen' Angel said...

BEAUTIFUL post Griper...just beautiful. It's times like these I wish I had children of my own. Since I can't, I *do* try to surround myself with my God Children and those of my friends. They DO have much to teach and I have come to believe that just as they understand that there is evil in the world while we try to convince them there are no monsters under the bed, that they also understand love in a way that it takes some of us multiple decades to grasp.

The Griper said...

remember, we were that age once ourselves.

Lista said...

This post is really sweet, Griper. Children are wonderful.


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