Thousands of World-Herald readers from across the country set out to answer an age-old question on Valentine’s Day 1973: What is love?
The question, which was posed as a contest by The World-Herald, received 8,197 responses.
Here are few of the finalists.
Love is …
- Kissing your dog on the mouth without wiping it off. — Debra Adams, Red Oak, Iowa.
- Going hunting at 4:30 a.m. because the guys couldn’t make it. — Ruth Bahr, Omaha.
- Refinishing her baby grand piano, when you don’t like music. — Joyce Williams, Omaha.
- The school bus waiting for someone who is always late. — Sandy Jarosz, Humphrey, Nebraska.
- Watching for chuck holes while he drives. — Mrs. Clyde F., Omaha.
- Knowing everything about you and loving you just the same. — Mrs. John Rahn, Harington, Nebraska.
- Spending two months knitting him a sweater that doesn’t fit. — Debra Firman, Omaha.
- Remembering with laughter the disasters. — Joe Ann Lawson, Omaha.
- When daddy kisses mommy on the nose and she smiles. — Dianna Detore, Mound City, Missouri.
- Washing her hair when she has a broken arm. — Loren Ruskamp, West Point, Nebraska.
- Letting her adopt number 6 so she’ll get her girl. — Frank Bendorf, Omaha.
- Answering her during a Johnny Rodgers punt return on television. — Glen Plettner, Columbus, Nebraska.
The winner of the contest was 9-year-old Kelly Nihsen. Kelly defined love as "a bunch of crushed dandelions in a small fist."
What is love to you? We’d love to know. Email your own definition to firstname.lastname@example.org