February 13, 2015 11:18 AM EST

Is it ever too early to start celebrating Valentine’s Day? These adorable Brooklyn first graders took a quick lesson in composing love letters as they sat down to write valentines to a special someone. Their heartfelt sentiments were addressed to moms, dads—and even Michael Jackson.

But sometimes, love can be tough, even for these kids. One girl solemnly recounts her experience: “When someone kissed you, you don’t like their breath.”

Now if only the holiday was that simple for the rest of us.

Write to Diane Tsai at diane.tsai@time.com.

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