One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Such, Such Were the Joys," (1947).
Orwell added: "Looking back on my own childhood, after the infant years were over, I do not believe that I ever felt love for any mature person, except my mother.... Love, the spontaneous, unqualified emotion of love was something I could only feel for people who were young.")
When you love (love being action and you the actor) you do not love. When you are love (where there is no actor but action) then only you are in love. Love is not a concept of movement from and to. It is state of whole and complete existence where you are not.