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Giggles, Chuckles and Inspiration

Giggles, Chuckles and Inspiration

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouths of babes.

What does ‘Love’ mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does ‘love’ mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

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‘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

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‘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

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

Karl – age 5

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

Chrissie – age 6

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‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

Terri – age 4

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‘Love is when my mummy 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

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‘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 Mummy and Daddy are like that They look gross when they kiss’

Emily – age 8

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

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

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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)

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‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

Noelle – age 7

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‘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

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‘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

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‘My mummy loves me more than anybody

You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

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‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

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‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

Chris – age 7

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‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’

Mary Ann – age 4

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

Lauren – age 4

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‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)

Karen – age 7

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‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

Mark – age 6

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‘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

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And the final one –

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 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 neighbour, the little boy said,

‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

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HOW TO CALL THE POLICE WHEN YOU ARE OLD

I hope we have the presence of mind in such an emergency!

George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” He said “No.” Then they said “All patrols were busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.”  George said, “Okay”.  He hung up the phone and counted to 30.

Then he phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed.  Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot them” and hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

(a True Story)

I love it!!!  Don’t mess with old people!!

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A beautiful story…. makes you understand that things happen for a reason

T he brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church

in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities When they saw

their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything

done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18

were ahead of schedule and just about finished.  On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving

rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.  On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.

His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about

20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about

head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone

the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he

stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth

with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just

the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

B y this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was

trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for

the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put

up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and

it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’

she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’

The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into

it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The

woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .

When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.  Her husband was going to follow her the next week..

He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church.

The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do. She lived on the other

side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the

spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door

and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the

pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one

that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how

could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was

supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home

again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten

Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on

the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

T rue Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

Comment (1)

  • Susan Kmetiuk

    We all need to find our inner child and learn again the wisdom of these kids