How Do You Define Love?


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Well, 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 anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”

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 tired.” Terri – age 4

1 fullestLove 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

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

“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

“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

1 school 2“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

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

And last but not least:

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 him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”


Featured Recipe           Asparagus and Prosciutto in Butter Sauce Spaghetti



This recipe is not for the feint of heart. Nor is it a recipe for those of you who count every calorie like a miser counting his every penny. This recipe Is not for you if you are afraid of real butter either or garlic.

I use 4 cloves of garlic in this dish.

And if you use margarine in this recipe, ‘shame on you.’ This dish will taste like Plaster of Paris.’ And don’t blame me for that. I have warned you. You MUST use butter in this recipe or why even make it at all!

I love butter. No. I adore butter.

I love garlic too!

Put the two together and I am in heaven.

Start adding some prosciutto and I could sing an aria.

But to keep the food police at bay I do add some asparagus.

This recipe is perfect for everyday family fare, yet is delicious and pretty enough for company too!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

16 ounces thin spaghetti

6 tablespoons butter*

3-4 cloves garlic

1 -2 shallots

4 ounces prosciutto

20 or so stalks asparagus

Parmesan cheese to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

*Butter. Real butter. Do NOT substitute margarine.


Here is what you do:

Put water up to boil.

Slice the prosciutto into thin strips.


Wash, cut off the tough bottom ends, and cut about 2 inches off the top of the asparagus. Save the unused parts for soup.


Press the cloves of garlic. Chop the shallots.



When the water is ready, cook the pasta according to package directions.


For the last minute or two add the sliced asparagus to the pot of pasta.


Drain and place the spaghetti and asparagus into a bowl. Partially cover with some foil to keep pasta and asparagus warm.



Now over low heat melt the butter.


Add the garlic and let simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring once in a while, or when you can smell the garlic.


Then add the shallots and cook a few minutes.


Salt and pepper the spaghetti and asparagus to taste. I do not use too much salt since the prosciutto will add salt to the dish too.

Then pour the melted butter sauce over the spaghetti and asparagus and gently mix it all together.



Sprinkle the prosciutto on top and mix into the spaghetti.


Sprinkle with some of the Parmesan cheese.


Serve with garlic bread and a salad.



Bon appétit!!!

16 ounces thin spaghetti      $1.29

6 tablespoons butter           $0.68

3-4 cloves garlic                 $0.16

1 -2 shallots                       $0.45

4 ounces prosciutto            $5.99

10 or so stalks asparagus      $2.98

Parmesan cheese to taste      $0.47

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $12.02
Cost per person = $3.01

Quote of the Day
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
Stacia Tauscher

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3 comments to How Do You Define Love?

  • Talk about out of the mouths of babes! I ‘love’ the quotes. Children do say it best. Love is clear cut when you’re young.

    • Roberta

      All of the things/reasons you cite, Julia, is why I loved teaching 1st grade. So honest. So sweet. No B.S. 🙂

  • So much to talk about. I always thought kissing was gross when I was 8 but those comments are magic. The winning child is amazing – he just knew.

    Butter sauce just has to be made with real butter or why bother? Asparagus does help.