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Kids Know Love
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:
¡°When my grandmother got arthritis, she
couldn¡¯t bend over and paint her toenails any-
more. My grandfather does it for her all the time,
even after his hands got arthritis too. That¡¯s
Rebecca - age 8
¡°When someone loves you, the way they say
your name is different. You know that your name
is safe in their mouth.¡±
Billy - age 4
¡°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
¡°Love is when you go out to eat and give
somebody most of your french fries without
making them give you any of theirs.¡±
Chrissy - age 6
¡°Love is what makes you smile when you¡¯re
Terri - age 4
¡°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 okay.¡±
Danny - age 7
¡°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
Emily - age 8
¡°Love is what¡¯s in the room with you at Christ-
mas 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 when you tell a guy you like his shirt,
then he wears it everyday.¡±
Noelle - age 7
¡°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 any-
Cindy - age 8
The Reading Room
2018 February/March
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
street lights, the universe, with its whole sys-
tem of planets, stars, space and everything
that exists in it, fills the heavens above us. A
vastness so far flung, boundless and limitless
that I find it difficult to take it all in.
The many and various wind chimes I hung,
several years ago, in the cedars, which encom-
pass our home, remain. The wind that blows
where and when it wishes sets them moving.
They whirl, they leap and sway, dancing to
their own tune, silvery, harmonious, pleasing to
my ears.
As dusk falls, sun¡¯s last rays slant through the
cedars before disappearing behind a small hill
to the west. Unconcernedly and quietly, a hush
surrounds our home.
The day¡¯s journey has ended.
Crow flies by
his wing dips
ebony feathers shine
as the day star arises. -k
(Karen Schafer lives in and writes about life
from Naturita/Nucla, Colorado)
Positively Karen
The one constant in life is change.
With Husband¡¯s retirement came relocation. We
have returned to our home in the Nucla-Natu-
rita area swapping the hustle and bustle of the
city for the tranquility of country life.
Our home, situated over the rim, is free of any
encumbrance that would obstruct the panoram-
ic view to the east, north and south of us.
Occasionally bucks, does and fawns pause to
look into our living room windows, before
bounding up the hill with their stiff-legged gait.
The bird feeders are hung in the cedars. Grand-
children keep them full of bird seed and the
bird bath filled to the brim with clean water.
The birdbath provides refreshment for our birds
and, frequently, a ¡°long drink¡± for deer crossing
the yard.
Desert cottontails hang out under the bird
feeders enjoying a picnic, of sorts, from the
bird seed that spills down and onto the earth.
And... on a clear night, with the absence of
¡°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
¡°My mommy loves me more than anybody. You
don¡¯t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at
Clare - Age 6
¡°Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and
sweaty and still says he is handsomer than
Robert Redford.¡±
Chris - age 7
¡°Love is when your puppy licks your face even
after you left him alone all day.¡±
Mary Ann - age 4
¡°When you love somebody, your eyelashes go
up and down and little stars come out of you.¡±
Karen - age 7
¡°Love is when mommy gives daddy the best
piece of chicken.¡±
Elaine - age 6
¡°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
¡°A rebirth out of spiritual
adversity causes us to
become new creatures.¡±
- James E. Faust