Love From An 8 Year Old Perspective
I’m officially a fan of this series on Netflix called “Cedric,” a cartoon series staring, well, Cedric, an 8 year old boy whose experiences with school, his family, a girl he likes, his best friend and his sworn enemy.
Throughout the show, he narrates the viewer through his week or through a one day experience, holding and writing into a journal as he speaks out loud about his experience.
When he brings up the girl he likes, Chen (pronounced Jen), he goes into the conversation that he had with his grandpa he calls “Poppy.” Now with a better understanding on girls, Cedric puts everything he learned together in the most simple and most profound statement:
“Make them cry just a little, make them laugh a lot!”
Not only do I think this is cute, but this is smart! There comes a time when the person you truly love and care for will let you down or disappoint you, even to the point of tears. Then, there are times that they will make you laugh and, like Cedric said, you make them laugh a lot.
Cedric’s desire to make Chen happy, to make her feel loved and to express his feelings for her is much like our daily walk with God Christ Jesus and with one another. Of course, love goes much deeper than just emotions and feelings as we read a part of 1 Corinthians 13:
…Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…
I can understand Cedric learning what love looks like. After all, he is 8 years old. But what about those of us who are 28, 38, 48 and so forth? We have to constantly remind ourselves of what love looks like. It is so much more than just avoiding doing something wrong, but more about what we can do for the other person. It is a deep interest of not wanting to hurt but help.
And yet, Cedric often fails. He fails because he himself has problems with his temper. He fails because he tends to have moments of being puffed up. He tends to fail in front of Chen over and over again. And yet, Chen seems to be more mature about it. She sees something deeper in Cedric and tends to give him a chance to redeem himself, to change. Is that love or what?
So, does she like Cedric. To be honest, the viewer never knows for sure, really. Although it is easy to get caught up with Cedric’s excitement about her.
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