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'... Handsomer than Robert Redford'
I get lots and lots of email forwards. So do we all, I know, but mine usually come with a note about how the sender thought maybe I could use the enclosed in a column sometime.
Usually I just send back a thank you and an explanation that I don’t like to use something I can’t verify, which counts for 99 percent of the stuff flying around the Weird Wide Web. And I especially don’t like to use stuff I can’t credit. I’ve had my own work stolen and printed under someone else’s byline, and you may take it from me that it stinks.
This week, though, I’m bending the rules a little. The following arrived just a few days after the death of Art Linkletter, TV host and author.
As a kid, I loved to watch “House Party” when I was sick and home from school, especially the portion of the show where Art would interview a bunch of 4- and 5-year-olds who, often as not, aired some of the family’s linen in their answers. This led to a book, “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” a title which grossly understates the situation.
Anyway, in honor of Art, I pass along the following, a collection of kids’ observations about love:
“'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.” -- Terri, 4.
“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, 8.
“Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” -- Bobby, 7.
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” --Nikka, 6.
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” -- Noelle, 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, 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, 8.
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” – Clare, 6.
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” – Elaine, 5.
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris, 7.
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” -- Mary Ann, 4.
“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, 4.
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” – Karen, 7.
“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, 8.
Ol’ Art was right. Kids DO say the darndest things. And the wisest.
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