Lakshmi Doddi
1 min readJul 5, 2021


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When my 6-yr old told me last night, “I love you”, I asked him what is love? Silence was the answer!

“How do you show love?” I asked. “You listen Amma!”

Such a profound answer from him!

What is love? I am pondering this question to answer if he ever would ask me back.

Love is a being a good friend. What is a good friend? Friends talk to each other, listen to each other, help each other and share.

Here is my long answer would be, when he is older enough to understand:

Love = Respect and Trust.

  • Can you trust each other to be there, when one is in a dark place?
  • Can you be yourself?
  • Can you respect each other’s boundaries?
  • Do you listen to each other?
  • Can you support each other to be a better person?

Originally published at on July 5, 2021.