So, I was sent this link the other day about a study some people at MIT did. Maybe no so much a study but more of a Q and A with some little kids about love. I was surprised at some of their answers.
When asked about the role of beauty in love, 8 year-old Anita said, “If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.” When Christine age 9 was asked the same question her response was, “Beauty is only skin deep, but how rich you are can last a long time.”10 year-old Arnold was asked the question; How do people normally act when they are in love? He replied with”Mooshy … like puppy dogs … except puppy dogs don’t wag their tails nearly as much.” Floyd age 9 told MIT “Love is foolish..but I still might try it sometime.” My all-time favorite response was from Mike age 10, when asked what do people usually do on a date? He, in his young genius mind, came up with “On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.”
These might seem pretty silly and for they really should be taken as such, but I just can’t believe how spot-on some of these kids were. Most people write kids off because of their age. I really think that their age gives them an advantage in observation. They are not yet tainted by social norms or political correctness. They probably don’t realize it at the time, but they actually give, for the most part, true statement about topics. Kids are like sponges at that age and they soak up whatever they see and hear. All they are doing is relaying our actions. Maybe asking a kid about love isn’t such a crazy idea after all. While they may not fully understand love they may offer insight into the obvious stuff we may glance over.