“Mama, what is love?”
“Well, it is the way your dad, Grandma and I feel about you. You are our little Emily, the only one we have, and we love you.”
“But, what does love talk like? Is there another word for it?”
“Hmm . . . you are looking for something tangible, aren’t you? Supper is nearly ready, why don’t you call Dad and Grandma to the table and we will discuss it. How will that be?”
Emily is in second grade, but already has a most inquisitive mind. There is a lot of world to learn about and she intends to dig for every detail. “Dad, Grandma, supper is ready – we’re going to learn about love.”
“Well, it sounds like pot-roast is not the only outstanding dish we will have tonight.”
Emily’s eyes pop around to her dad as if she has a secret. As everyone gathers around the table, they each sit in an assigned seat. Emily pulls something out of her pocket and slips it under her plate. She has something in mind.
The food has been blessed and plates are filled with a feast to the eyes as well the smell. Emily looks at Mom. Mom begins the conversation. “Emily and I have been talking about a subject that she wants to discuss. It is, ‘What does love talk like?’
Dad begins. “Well, let’s see. I tell your mother that I love her.”
“Is there anything else you say to her?” Emily wants to know.
Mom answers that question, “Yes, I love hearing that I am loved, but there is something more I would like to hear. I would like to hear, ‘You are a strong woman of God, a great wife and a wonderful mother.’”
Emily smiles and looks at Dad.
“As long as we are on the subject, I would like to hear, ‘You are a loving father, a great husband and son and I trust you.”
Emily absorbs every word then looks at Grandma. “Grandma, do you have love words too?”
“Yes, sweetheart, I like to hear, ‘We will always care for you.’”
“And you, Emily. How do you like to hear love words?”
Slowly she peeks under her plate and gently retrieves the secret. “Here it is; it is my report card.” She proudly presents it to the family.
“That’s wonderful, honey. Dad, will you read it for us?”
“Well, let’s see. The boxes marked ‘excellent’ are all checked – and I see -- across the top is written in big red letters ‘Outstanding.’ Sweetheart, we are so proud of you.” Mom, Grandma and Dad all applaud.
Emily’s smile stretches wide. “That’s what my teacher said. I like that word – it means love too.”
“I see now, what you are talking about. There are other words that mean I love you, and it would be good if we used all of our love talk.”
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