At 6 a.m. this question can bring one to tears. Not of joy. Not of sorrow. But the surprise is so great, that when the eyes fly open, tears spring out without delay… Little foot was waiting semi-patiently for the response. I stood there, flipping through the pages still open in my brain, trying to find one that would prompt a good enough answer. Or at least an answer that would detour the little mind long enough for me to wake up…
“Uhm…isn’t that what you feel inside for your parents?” I asked in half a voice, yawning, trying to cover the words…A pause came…eyes trying to catch mine and look further than the surface… “No, that’s not what I mean” the little voice kept on relentlessly, “other love, not just that”.
At 6:10 my mind was wide awake. A conversation on the topic would not be possible that early. In the best voice I found, I explained to the little restless mind that I will try to figure out how to explain, but just a little later. “We’ll read a book when we come back from school, ok?”… The agreement came, a little unsure, but I wasted no time thinking it over, and on to the next thing we went!
On the way to work, with the biggest red sun I’ve seen in forever smiling back at me, I felt my heart fly. Yes, with spring, tropical paradise, surreal colors, scents that intoxicate all around you, no logic is going to still be there. No abstract thinking will remain standing, and all theory is going to hell. And then it hit me! I pointed to the sun and asked little foot for the first thing that came to mind… “wow! it’s so beautiful! I feel warm!”. And just like that, love got its definition. And I was off the hook.
So for those of you who need to answer that question for someone, or even if you needed to explain it to yourself…here’s a little one’s take on it – unbiased. “Love is what warms your heart and makes you happy”. And that’s good enough for me!
May your day warm up, and may you feel happy and loved!