Have you ever been faced with a question that stretches the limits of your brain power for an answer? I have. The query was presented to me by a ten-year old child.
What is love?
Surely, it’s an easy question, right? I could get the thick dictionary on the shelf and read the definition to him word for word. Or, I could hug him and show him how we love another person.
However, after that, I was speechless for elaboration. His eyes searched mine for more information of what does the word really mean?
You see, he came to me after he received a slap on the butt from his father. It was a spur-of-the-moment reaction from an angry individual who came home finding his house nearly on fire.
The child admitted his fault. He accepted the punishment but he could not understand what I said to appease him.
“You father loves you.”
For a child, the idea of love is positive. When an adult explains that a negative situation can also result to love, then the problem arises. He needed more concrete answers that are logical.
For us adults, we often accept the fact that love is not a bed of roses (especially if the thorns in the stems are still attached). We say that love could be painful but that helps us to be strong when things are not too ideal. And for some, love is selfless.
I know the child will grow up one day and learn that what I said to him was true. That he will find out first hand what love really is. He will feel the pain, the joy, the sadness, the triumph and all there is attached to the powerful word.
When he is faced with the similar question from another child, I hope he will be more successful than I was.