How do I love you?
Let me count the ways…

A Mother-Child Love Poem

Count the Ways with Your Children!

By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT

When I was a young girl, my mother gave me a beautiful, hand-painted booklet of the famous poem,  “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It was a little treasure, painted on parchment and I kept it for many years. The poem was the first poem that I memorized. I was too young to understand the complexity of this love poem, but I knew the words and feelings were profound and special.

As I grew up and matured, I learned the meaning of deep love feelings. The special love of a mother for her children is a feeling I am so grateful to know. Here is a child’s version of a love poem from Mom. I hope you enjoy the different ways to count the reasons alongside the numbers at the start of each phrase.

Let Me Count the Ways I love You!

  1. I love you for the UNIQUE person that you are.
  2. I love your bright eyes.
  3. I love your gentle hugs, touches, and kisses.
  4. I love your laughs, giggles, jokes and joy.
  5. I love your silliness, seriousness, sleepiness, surprises  and slumber.
  6. I love how you L I S T E N.
  7. I love how you smile, learn, jump, skip, throw, play and explore.
  8. I love your K I N D N E S S.
  9. I love you for being F U N L O V I N G.
  10. I love you for all these reasons and 10 X 10 more!
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