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 jwade@owh.com

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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