A couple of weeks back me and few of my friends from office decided to visit some temples in the Chola Empire. We managed to visit more than 10 temples in the two days stay there.

Day 1 :

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Chidambaram

Early morning 4 30 AM we reached Chidambaram. The weather was cold. We brushed our teeth and had our first coffee at the nearby Iyer coffee shop. The perfect start to our Chola Empire trip. After that we took bath and headed to the Chidambaram Natarajar Temple. We were very lucky to witness the pooja performed by keeping the linga outside. After that we witnessed the Chidambara Ragasiyam (Chidambara Secret) and it took us two full hours to see the entire temple.

Then we headed to the bus stand to have our break fast. After break fast we went to Thiruvetkalam. The Pasupateswarar Temple there is a 1000 year old temple. It was maintained well by who ever maintains it (I am not sure if it is maintained by the Govt. Bala can clarify that).

Sirkazhi

Sirkazhi

After that we headed to Sirkazhi. The Bhramapureeswarar Temple where Tirugnanasambandar got his wisdom. At this temple we met an old man who lived in Sirkazhi. He became our guide in the temple and he said about the sculptures in the temple and also taught us some valuable yoga lessons. Subbu has written about him here.

From there we headed to the Vaitheeswaran Swamy Temple in Vaitheeswaran Koil. Lord Vaitheeswaran Swamy and his Consort Thaiyalnayaki Ambal are the main deities there. After our prayers Subbu wanted to check his Nadi Josiyam. Vaitheeswaran Koil is a very famous place for seeing Nadi Josiyam. We all gave our thumb prints and the people there found our Olai ( Leaves in which Agasthiya Minuvar has written about our history some thousands of years back ). After getting our olai’s read we started from there to Mayiladuthurai. On the way to Mayiladuthurai we were discussing about the Nadi josiyam and found that the Olai was found only for me and Subbu. Bala’s and Gopi’s olai was not found but the fellow reading that managed to collect all the informations from them and told the information back to them. :)

Then we reached Mayladuthurai around 1 PM. Perfect time for lunch. We headed straight to Hotel Kaliyakudi. The lunch was excellent and the Halwa there was simple irresistible.

From there we headed to Thirunallar Saneeswarar Temple. We reached there by 4 PM. So we went to the tank to take a dip before going to the temple. After visiting the temple we decided we could also cover Kaaraikal. So we went to Kaaraikal and visited the Kaaraikal Ammayar temple. We had our evening coffee and vada there and started to Kumbakonam.

Everyone except me wanted to go to a movie in Kumbakonam. We should have taken cue from the comment by the Auto Driver (Nobody goes to theater to watch movies in Kumbakonam). We ignored that and after our dinner we headed to the nearest theater to watch a movie. The movie that was screened there was Bommalattam. There was only 10 people in the theater including the 4 of us. We had to fight with the theater authorities to switch on the fan above our seats. The movie was good except that it was originally taken in Hindi and dubbed in tamil. Subbu was commenting about the movie in the first half and slept through the second half. We reached our hotel room at 1 30 AM and decided to sleep since it was a very long day for us and also since the next day we had to visit many temples.

Day 2 :

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam

We got up only at 7 AM and had our coffees brought to the room. After having our coffee and taking bath we started to visit the temples in Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam is known for its temples and everywhere we turn we found temples. We visited the Kumbeshwarar Temple, Ramasamy Temple, Sakkarapaani Temple and Saarangapani Temple. That was all we could manage to cover in 3 hours.

We then got into a bus to Thirunaageswaram. First we visited the Raghustalam. After the darshan there we went to Uppiliappan Temple which is also in the same village.

We then came back to Kumbakonam and visited the Mahamaham tank. After that we went for lunch. Post lunch we decided we will go and take a bath in Cauvery. But when we reached there we found that it was in a very bad state and we decided against taking bath there. So we went back to our hotel room for an afternoon nap.

At 3 30 PM we started to Tanjore the capital of the Chola Empire. We reached there at 5 30 PM just in time before the palace closes. We saw the various sculptures that were in display there and took some photographs.

Tanjore

Tanjore

From there we went to the Tanjore Big Temple (Thanjavur Periya Koil). This was really a beautiful temple. It is maintained by the Archeological department and they are really doing a wonderful job in maintainging and beautifying the temple. It was my first time there and I was really impressed by its size and beauty. After our darshan we were idling in the garden inside the Temple campus. After some time we decided we will go to the bus stand and have our dinner and board our bus to Chennai. It is at this time Bala found his sudden interest in flute and like a kid would not move from the shop without buying a flute. The shop keeper finding this was all praise for Bala and his interest and started suggesting flutes for him and for us as well. He managed to sell 3 flutes to us. Bala was all smiles after buying the flutes. Bala – Have you atleast opened the paper cover in which we bought the flute?

After having our dinner we boarded the bus back to Chennai.

Overall this trip was a fascinating one for us since all the places that we visited calm and we found hospitality whereever we went. Even the cops there was ready to help us with the directions. Had it been Chennai the cops would have given us a stare if we had asked them for directions.

Also I am planning to write few posts on the histories of these temples as heard from the people living in those towns.

Parent Child Relationship – Hibernate

Inserting values in both parent and child table in Hibernate in a single session.save() command. You need not insert value in the parent table first and then get the ID and set it in the child and then insert it. You can do both at the same time. Below are the sample code snippets of the files used.

hbm.xml file:

<class name="com.sample.pojos.UserInfoBean" table="USER_INFO" lazy="false">

    ... other properties configured
<property name="firstName" type="java.lang.String" column="FIRST_NAME" />
<property name="lastName" type="java.lang.String" column="LAST_NAME" />
    <bag cascade="all-delete-orphan" inverse="true" lazy="true" name="userDetailsBean" table="USER_DETAILS">
        <key column="USER_INFO_ID"/>
        <one-to-many class="com.sample.pojos.UserDetailsBean"/>
    </bag>
</class>

<class name="com.sample.pojos.UserDetailsBean" table="USER_DETAILS" lazy="false">

    ... other properties configured
<property name="address" type="java.lang.String" column="ADDRESS" />
<property name="city" type="java.lang.String" column="CITY" />
    <many-to-one cascade="none" class="com.sample.pojos.UserInfoBean" column="USER_INFO_ID" insert="true" name="userInfoBean" outer-join="false" update="true"/>
</class>

UserInfoBean.java

private List userDetailsBean;

... other properties

/**
 * @return Returns the userDetailsBean.
 */
public List getUserDetailsBean() {
    return userDetailsBean;
}

/**
 * @param userDetailsBean The userDetailsBean to set.
 */
public void setUserDetailsBean(List userDetailsBean) {
    this.userDetailsBean = userDetailsBean;
}

... getters and setters for other properties

UserDetailsBean.java

private UserInfoBean userInfoBean;

... other properties

/**
 * @return Returns the userInfoBean.
 */
public UserInfoBean getUserInfoBean() {
    return userInfoBean;
}

/**
 * @param userInfoBean The userInfoBean to set.
 */
public void setUserInfoBean(UserInfoBean userInfoBean) {
    this.userInfoBean = userInfoBean;
}

... getters and setters for other properties

Business class:

Transaction transaction = null;

UserInfoBean userInfoBean = new UserInfoBean();

... set the required properties

UserDetailsBean userDetailsBean = new UserDetailsBean();

... set the required properties

// Setting the parent class in the child class
userDetailsBean.setUserInfoBean(userInfoBean);

// List for storing the User Details Beans
List userDetailsList = new ArrayList();

// Adding the UserDetailsBean to the list
userDetailsList.add(userDetailsBean);

// Setting the list in the UserInfoBean
userInfoBean.setUserDetailsBean(userDetailsList);

try {
    Session session = SessionManager.currentSession();           
    transaction = session.beginTransaction();           
    session.save(userInfoBean);           
    session.flush();
    session.clear();
    transaction.commit();
    createUserStatus = true;
} catch (Exception e) {
    transaction.rollback();
} finally {
    SessionManager.closeSession();
}

Now in a single session.save() command, values gets inserted in both the parent and child table.

Hope this helps.

The trip was planned properly (may be for the first time by our group). We were to leave by Saturday early in the morning. Reach there by lunch time. Stay there till Sunday afternoon and start from there and reach back Chennai by Sunday evening.

Day 1 – Saturday

Pre Start

The day started as early as 4 AM for me (Mr. A). I got up, called the crew to wake them up. Took bath and started in my car to pick up my friends since it will be difficult for them to come to the starting point (Tambaram) that early in the morning. I started at 5 AM and reached Velachery at 5 30 AM. Picked up the first one (Ms. P) and went to Tidel Park to pick up Ms. N. When waiting for Ms. N to come, Ms. P remembered that she had forgotten her goggles and told that she would not be able to survive two days without her goggles. So we were thinking what to do about that. At that time Ms. N came and we 3 started off to the next destination, Adyar where we were supposed to pick up the rest 2. Ms. S being the always punctual one of our group came on time. And we picked her up. All the while Ms. P was scolding me for not taking her back to her place to collect her goggles. We were calling Mr. S to check if he is on time. And for every 5 mins he told he will be there in another 5 mins. So we decided to tel him to come to Guindy and in the mean time we would go and get Ms. P’s goggles. All the while Mr. B who arranged the transport was checking with us where we were. So we went all the way to Velachery to get Ms. P’s goggles and by the time we reached Guindy Mr. S was there. So we 5 started from there and in another 20 mins we reached Tambaram. There Mr. B and Ms. A were waiting for us with the cab that we have arranged to go there.

The start

So we were all set to start at 7 AM. And the journey started off in great fashion. All the introductions that were needed was done by Mr. B. Mr. S volunteered to sit in the front and take care of the audio system. (Note: Mr. S is known for his extra ordinary ability to handle the audio system. In 1 hour he would have changed 3 CDs without hearing a song fully). Call it fate or our good luck the audio system was not working properly. So we decided we will talk to kill boredom. Mr. B, Ms. N and Ms. A had bought all the eatables and we started eating them. We decided we will have a proper breakfast at Vellore. We were talking about many topics till we reached Vellore. We found an average place to eat breakfast. After break fast we decided to play some games till we reached Yelagiri. After much discussion we decided we would play dumb charades. (Dumb-C). We decided to form two teams based on our seating arrangements. Me, Ms. N, Ms. P and Ms. A were in one team and Ms. S, Mr. B and Ms. S were in the other team. Our team was not able to get it right almost every time while the other team had it in record time all the times. So we decided to stop the game since we were losing interest after every passing round.

The Journey

Everyone wanted to reach Yelagiri as soon as possible as the sun was beating down hard. After another couple of hours driving we were at the bottom of the Yelagiri hills. We stopped and took a picture of the places of interest at Yelagiri. We were too excited to check out all the places mentioned. The Yelagiri hills was a small one with only 14 hair pin bends. All the bends are named after famous Tamil poets and poetess. We stood at a couple of places to enjoy the view and take a couple of snaps. Since the road was small we could not wait for long since it will be a hindrance for the vehicles coming behind. So after half an hour we were at our first destination – Silent Waters Retreat (the place we were to stay). It was a pretty decent place to stay. We were given a separate building of 2 floors. The place was very good. After refreshing and changing we decided to go and check out the resort. Me Mr. B and Mr. S took the camera and took photos of us at all photogenic places.

Badminton part 1

After around half an hour lunch was served for us. The lunch was below the standard for the amount that we paid for stay and food. During lunch we were planning on what to do during the stay there. We enquired with the resort people about the places to visit and how to go there. There were 2 places that needs to be visited at Yelagiri. One is an artificial lake where we can do boating and another one is Swamimalai temple for trekking. Since it was just past 2, we decided we would take a walk around the neighbourhood. We were talking to the people who stay there and enquired about their living and life styles. After walking for about half an hour we decided we would go back to the resort, freshen up and go for boating. We reached the resort at 3 and we still had one full hour before we started for boating. So me, Mr, B, Mr.S and Ms. N decided we would play a game of badminton. Me and Mr. B were in one team and Mr. S and Ms. N were the other team. After a few rallies the game got pretty serious and we decided to play with points. Me and Mr. B won by 15 points to 6. Mr. S and Ms. N were not ready to accept the defeat and were saying that we cheated. So we decided we will play the game again some time later. Rain started drizzling and we were all sitting and sipping our cups of coffee praying for the rain to stop since we were told that boating will not be possible if it rains like this. It was raining for around half an hour. Once the rain stopped the place was pretty damp to walk. But we decided we will go and give a try at the boating place.

Boating

We reached the boating place at 5 PM. Since we were 7 people we needed two pedalling boats. But only one was available at that time. So we decided we would wait for half an hour and would go only when two boats were available. So we thought we would go and do time pass in the near by park. The park brought out the kids in us and we were all playing in the see saw, swings and all. Everyone was enjoying their time. Soon it was 5 30 and we decided to go and check if the boats were available. Two boats were available and we decided we will split up in two groups, me, Mr. B, Ms. P and Ms. A in one boat and Mr. S, Ms. N and Ms. S in another boat. Ours was a very old boat and the direction lever didnt seem to work. But our guys in the other boat seemed to know all the tricks to drive that boat and were going around the lake and passing comments at our inability to drive the boat. We changed positions to give everyone an equal chance to pedal te boat. At one point we were able to go near the other boat and Mr. B and Ms. S decided to do some stunt show by changing boats. They did it successfully. We took few snaps of the other boat and the setting sun. After half an hour of tiring pedal boating we got out of the boat. Our next destination was supposed to be a nature park where they had a musical fountain, a garden and an aquarium. We went there and almost everyone was tired to walk. We took rest many times and decided to go back to the resort. We reached the resort at 7 PM. Mr. B decided we would prepare paani puri and eat it before dinner. So after much effors from Mr. B, Ms.N and Ms.A we were all eating pani puri. It was good and by the time we finished eating that it was dinner time and we decided to go and check it. Dinner was average and after many discussions with the resort owner we were arranged for a camp fire.

The Slient Camp Fire

Ms. A was very tired to join us in the camp fire. So we started our camp fire without her. And after some time Ms. S was feeling very sleepy and she went back. So we 5 were sitting around the camp fire thinking what to do. It turned out to be a very quiet and enjoyable camp fire. We being IT professionals decided to get the help of Google and soon we were searching for camp fire games. We opened the first link and were checking out the games mentioned. After much discussion we decided we would play story building. Mr. B volunteered to start the story and soon everyone were contributing to the story and half an hour went by and soon we were losing interest in the game. Then we sat in silence for another half an hour enjoying the weather. Mr. S being a popular blogger suggested we play the tag game and we decided we would play the injury tag where everyone would say about any of the injuries that they had and explain how it happened. After everyone’s turn was over the famous silence came back again. But this time the fire was also out and we decided to hit the bed since it was past 12 and we had plans of going for trekking early next morning. After saying our good nights we went to bed at 1 AM planning that we would go for a walk at 5 in the morning.

Day 2 – Sunday

Badminton part 2

Day 2 started at 6 AM. (Yes we were not able to get up at 5. We blame the nice weather for it ;) ). After much discussion about where to have coffee everyone decided to go out for coffee. So me, Mr. S, Mr. B, Ms. N and Ms. A went out in search of a tea shop. Ms. P and Ms. S were not feeling well. So we decided we would let them take some rest. So after 10 mins walk we found out a tea shop. We ordered our tea’s and coffee’s and biscuits. After having the tea we went back to the resort. It was around 7 when we reached there. So we decided we would start for trekking at 9. So we had two full hours. So me, Mr. B, Mr. S and Ms. N decided we would play a game of badminton but this time at a place outside. We soon found a place to play and to spice things up we decided we would play a bet match. The bet was 100 bucks and we started the game. Having won against them the previous day, me and Mr. B were playing casually. Suddenly we found out that we were 2 points behind them at 5 points to 3. So we decided we would play some serious game and after around half an hour of extreme badminton skill display by me and Mr. B we won. This time the score line was 15 points to 7. This time Mr. S and Ms. N were ready to accept defeat and congratulated us on our wins. (We haven’t got our bet money yet :( ). Mr. S and Ms. N – If you are reading this please give our bet money. After the game we decided to go back to the resort and take bath and head out trekking.

The Big Small Trek

Once everyone was ready we had our breakfast. Only the breakfast was good at that place. During breakfast we decided that due to the health conditions of our group members we would not conquer Swamimalai instead some shorter version of it which would be an easy trek. After enquiring the directions we started to this so called small trek place. After much difficulty we were able to locate the trek. The trek was an easy one but since we were going with friends it turned out to be an exciting and fun activity. We climbed some big stones. Took photos like moving the big stones, climbing the trees. After one hour we decided we would go down. And the down journey was pretty much normal since everyone was tired and wanted to reach back home. By the time we came down it was past noon and we decided we would go to Vellore and have lunch. Everyone was too tired to start any interesting conversations. We were taking rest till we reached Vellore. On the way to Vellore we saw an advt board of Saravana Bhavan and everyone was too excited and we decided to have lunch there. Lunch was awesome. By the time we finished our lunch it was 3 PM and we decided not to stop at any more places and reach home as early as possible. It was very hot and we were all sweating. But the gods blessed us with some mild showers and an excellent weather. We reached Chennai by 6 PM and we said our good byes to all and headed home.

Important points about the trip:

1. Later we found out that we did not go to any of the places that was mentioned in the board that we took a picture of.
2. The boating that we went was a smaller one and there was another big one that we missed. (Courtesy: Our afternoon walk where we found out about this boating place. Or else our driver would have enquired and took us to the correct place.)
3. We did not do trekking in Swamimalai which was supposed to be visited in Yelagiri.

All said this was a memorable trip. One to be remembered through out my life !!!!

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His professor sent him an e-mail the following day:

Dear Michael,

Every year I attempt to boost my students’ final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 True/False questions from only 3 chapters of material.  For the past 20 years that I have taught Intro Communications 101 at this institution I have never once seen someone score below a 65 on this exam. Consequently, your score of a zero is the first in history and ultimately brought the entire class average down a whole 8 points.

There were two possible answer choices: A (True) and B (False). You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to get lucky with a least a quarter of the answers. It’s as if you didn’t look at a single question. Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you next year!

May God have mercy on your soul.

Sincerely,
Professor William Turner

P.S. If all else fails, go with B from now on.
B is the new C

Great Service Is a Choice
(Excerpt from The Simple Truths of Service)

No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice. Years ago, my friend, Harvey Mackay, told me a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my friend a laminated card and said:

“I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.”

Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:

Wally’s Mission Statement:

To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

My friend said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.”

Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.”

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.”

Handing him his drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.”

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. “These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.”

And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

“Tell me, Wally,” my amazed friend asked the driver, “have you always served customers like this?”

Wally smiled into the rearview mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written a book called You’ll See It When You Believe It. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’”

“That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.”

“I take it that has paid off for you,” Harvey said.

“It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.”

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles. How about you?

There was a contest in SATYAM to write a fictional story for 500 words max which would start with the line”On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Chennai station”

This is what a guy wrote for the contest…….. And surprisingly, it was adjudged the best short story :)

On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Chennai station. At once I was held back to see someone in that position during midnight with no one around. With curiosity taking the front seat, I went near the body and tried to investigate it. There was blood all over the body which was lying face down. It seemed that a ruthless blow by the last train could have caused the end of this body which seemed to be that of a guy of around my age.
Amidst the gory blood flow, I could see a folded white envelope which was fluttering in the midnight wind. Carefully I took the blood stained envelope and was surprisedto see the phrase”appraisal letter” on it. With curiosity rising every moment, I wasted no time in opening the envelope to see if I can find some details about the dead guy. The tag around the body’s neck and the jazzy appraisal cover gave me the hint that he might be a software engineer. I opened the envelope to find a shining paper on which the appraisal details where typed in flying colors. Thunders broke into my ears and lightening struck my heart when I saw the appraisal amount of the dead guy!!!!! My God, it was not even, as much as the cost of the letter on which the appraisal details were printed…. My heart poured out for the guy and huge calls were heard inside my mind saying “no wonder, this guy died such a miserable death”…  As a fellow worker in the same industry, I thought I should mourn for him for the sake of respect and stood there with a heavy heart thinking of the shock that he would have experienced when his manager had placed the appraisal letter in his hand. I am sure his heart would have stopped and eyes would have gone blank for few seconds looking at the near to nothing increment in his salary.

While I mourned for him, for a second my hands froze to see the employee’s name in the appraisal letter… hey, what a strange co-incidence, this guy’s name is same as mine, including the initials. This was interesting. With some mental strength, I turned the body upside down and found myself fainted for a second. The guy not only had my name, but also looked exactly like me. Same looks, same built, same name…. it was me who was dead there!!!!!!!! While I was lost in that shock, I felt someone patting on my shoulders.

My heart stopped completely, I could not breathe and sprung in fear to see who was behind……… splash!!! Went the glass of water on my laptop screen as I came out of my wild dream to see my manager standing behind my chair patting on my shoulder saying, “wake up man? Come to meeting room number two. I have your appraisal letter ready”.

A group of 4 to 8 year-olds was asked, “What does love mean?” The answers they gave were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

–“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails 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 know that your name is safe in their mouth.” (Billy – age 4)

–“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” (Chrissy – age 6 )

–“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” ( Terri – age 4 )

–“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 when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday” (Tina – age 7)

–“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” (Tommy – age 6 )

–“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling! He was the only one doing that.

I wasn’t scared anymore. That’s love” (Cindy -age 8 )

–“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” (Clare – Age 5)

–“Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.” (Elaine – age 5)

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

Love………… is not only made for lovers……. its also for friends who luv each other sometimes better than their lover.
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