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Dear Virginia:

As Valentine's Day will soon be celebrated, I want to share this message as my heartfelt gift to you.

As busy as we are, and we are so busy, let's never be too busy to make time to enjoy the connection with someone we love.

I hope you'll enjoy this greeting and will share it with others....Responses welcomed.

A group of 4 to 10 year-olds was asked, "What does love mean?" Here's a selection of answers and a bonus one ......from the mouths of babes!

"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 7)

"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 sharing even if you think you don't have enough." (Chrissie - age 6)

"Love is like medicine, and hate is like poison. If everybody knew that, we'd all be happy." (Keisha - age 8)

"Love is what makes you smile when you're too tired to think." (Terri - age 9)

"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 7)

"Love is the quiet sound in the room when the people you care about are all together." (Luis - age 10)

"When you love somebody, it doesn't matter if they're gone for a little while or forever. You still find a way to love them." (Karen - age 7)

"My mommy said they adopted me because they wanted one more way to grow love in our family. She said I grew in her heart, not in her belly." (Hector - age 6)

"Love is when you tell a boy you like his shirt, and then he wears it everyday." (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 much too 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 I saw my daddy waving and smiling. I wasn't scared anymore. Love does that." (Cindy - age 8)

"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night, do you?" (LaShonda - age 6)

"Love is when Daddy looks at me and calls me his little flower that's always in bloom. You get the picture." (Elaine - age 9)

"Love is when Mommy sees a picture of my family on the wall and stops to look a little extra long look at it." (Chris - age 7)

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." (Mary Ann - age 4)

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People might forget." (Jessica - age 8)

And the final one to melt anybody's heart:

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

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 him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, really. I just helped him cry."

To love and be loved is our most treasured emotional bond.....and while love lost is also a reality of life, there is so much reward in appreciating the connection we have with others through whom we are more fulfilled.

Please take just a minute to tell someone that they are loved, and make every effort to express yourself in positive words and deeds that uplift, edify and energize relationships.

And when we are faced with circumstances that challenge us, it's so important to take a breath, pause for a moment to think of the bigger picture, and find opportunities to balance life's ups and downs with a fresh and positive perspective.

I appreciate your interest in my messages, and trust you will keep me posted. Please remember that I enjoy delivering keynote addresses and conducting professional development seminars focusing on advocacy strategy, effective communications, resource development, the value of inter-generational connections, and other topics customized to audience need. Give me a call and we'll explore possibilities.

Feel free to share this greeting with family, friends, and colleagues. If you want to help me grow my advocacy network, please ask others to send me a message with their name and e-address and they will be included. Thanks so much!

My best.....


Jack Levine, Founder

4Generations Institute

850.567.5252 (note new e-mail)

P.O. Box 10875

Tallahassee, FL 32302

The Advocate's Credo....

Thou art my child, my parent, and my elder, I love thee best; But could not love thee half as much, Loved I not all the rest.

God Bless


"I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody that can save anybody!" Denver Moore

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