“Be afraid but do it anyway.”
“What if being kind to yourself made all the difference.” – Amanda Ricks
Most of us, perhaps, especially women, need to be kinder to ourselves. Many of us use our most critical voices for ourselves. It’s time to stop and be kinder to ourselves.
Be kind no matter what and never surrender your ideals. -Amanda Ricks
What is real love? An age old question, right?
The problem is, we look for someone to grow old together but perhaps the secret is to find someone to stay a child with!
A group of professionals posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’
The answers were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined.
Read on to find out what love looks like to these kids.
‘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 just 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
‘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 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’ Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)
‘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)
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’ 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
‘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
‘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
‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image!) Karen – age 7
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross…’ Mark – 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
And the final one: 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 neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’
Betty came to live with us in March 2020 when Toronto went into lockdown from Covid-19.
Betty and her roommate Tiger (Ty Ty) lived at the veterinary clinic where my daughter Samantha works. Due to decreased hours when someone would be at the clinic Betty and Tiger needed somewhere to stay.
Samantha and I quickly volunteered to have them stay with us.
Now, almost a year later, Betty and Ty Ty have become permanent members of our household. I can hardly remember what life was like without them.
Best of all, Betty and I have become inseparable. She is always at my side ready for snuggles which I happily supply frequently.
Betty and Ty Ty’s arrival is definitely the best thing that has come from the pandemic’s lockdowns and changes.
“The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.”