WHAT, EXACTLY, IS MARIAGE?
Some thoughts from children about love.
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
- "Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don't have to give her back to her parents!" - Eric, age 6
HOW DOES A PERSON DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?
- "Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck." - Ricky,age 10
CONCERNING THE PROPER AGE TO GET MARRIED
- "You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one." - Kally, age 9
- "My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do. I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." - Carolyn, age 8
- "You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." - Alan, age 10
HOW DID YOUR MOM AND DAD MEET?
- "Eighty-four! Because at that age, you don't have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other." - Carolyn, age 8
- "Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife!" - Bert, age 5
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
- "They were at a dance party at a friend's house. Then they went for a drive, but their car broke down. It was a good thing, because it gave them a chance to find out about their values." - Lottie, age 9
CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE
- "On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." - Martin, age 10
- "Many daters just eat pork chops and French fries and talk about love." - Craig, age 9
- "Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." - Lynnette, age 8
ON WHAT FALLING IN LOVE IS LIKE
- "One of the people has freckles and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." - Andrew, age 6
- "No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." - Mae, age 9
- "I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." - Manuel, age 8
ON THE ROLE OF BEAUTY AND HANDSOMENESS IN LOVE
- "Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." - John, age 9
- "If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." - Glenn, age 7
REFLECTIONS ON THE NATURE OF LOVE
- "If you want to be loved by somebody who isn't already in your family, it doesn't hurt to be beautiful." - Anita, age 8
- "It isn't always just how you look. Look at me. I'm handsome like anything and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." - Brian, age 7
- "Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." - Christine, age 9
HOW DO PEOPLE IN LOVE TYPICALLY BEHAVE?
- "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." - Greg, age 8
CONCERNING WHY LOVERS OFTEN HOLD HANDS
- "Mooshy... like puppy dogs... except puppy dogs don't wag their tails nearly as much." - Arnold, age 10
- "When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down and they don't get up for at least an hour." - Wendy, age 8
- "All of a sudden, the people get movies fever so they can sit together in the dark." - Sherm, age 8
CONFIDENTIAL OPINIONS ABOUT LOVE
- "They want to make sure their rings don't fall off because they paid good money for them." - Gavin, age 8
- "They are just practicing for when they might have to walk down the aisle someday and do the holy matchimony thing." - John, age 9
THE PERSONAL QUALITIES YOU NEED TO HAVE IN ORDER TO BE A GOOD LOVER
- "I'm in favour of love as long as it doesn't happen when 'Dinosaurs' is on TV." - Jill, age 6
- "Love is foolish... but I still might try it sometime." - Floyd, age 9
- "Yesterday I kissed a girl in a private place. We were behind a tree." - Carey, age 7
- "Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." - Dave, age 8
- "I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." - Regina, age 10
SOME SUREFIRE WAYS TO MAKE A PERSON FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU
- "Sensitivity don't hurt." - Robbie, age 8
- "One of you should know how to write a cheque. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." - Ava, age 8
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
- "Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores." - Del, age 6
- "Shake your hips and hope for the best." - Camille, age 9
- "Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs... and don't worry if their parents are right there." - Manuel, age 8
- "Don't do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." - Alonzo, age 9
- "One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it's something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me." - Bart, age 9
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF TWO ADULTS EATING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ARE IN LOVE?
- "You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." - Derrick, age 8
WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE THINKING WHEN THEY SAY, "I LOVE YOU"
- "Just see if the man picks up the cheque. That's how you can tell if he's in love." - Bobby, age 9
- "Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food." - Bart, age 9
- "Romantic adults usually are all dressed up, so if they are just wearing jeans it might mean they used to go out or they just broke up." - Sarah, age 9
- "See if the man has lipstick on his face." - Sandra, age 7
- "It's love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it's just like how their hearts are—on fire." - Christine, age 9
HOW WAS KISSING INVENTED?
- "The person is thinking: 'Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day.'" - Michelle, age 9
- "Some lovers might be real nervous, so they are glad that they finally got it out and said it and now they can go eat." - Dick, age 7
HOW A PERSON LEARNS TO KISS
- "I know one reason that kissing was created. It makes you feel warm all over, and they didn't always have electric heat or fireplaces or even stoves in their houses." - Gina, age 8
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
- "You can have a big rehearsal with your Barbie and Ken dolls." - Julia, age 7
- "You learn it right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the best of you." - Brian, age 7
- "It might help to watch soap operas all day." - Carin, age 9
HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE
- "It's never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That's why I stopped doing it." - Tammy, age 10
- "If it's your mother, you can kiss her anytime. But if it's a new person, you have to ask permission." - Roger, age 6
- "I look at kissing like this: kissing is fine if you like it, but it's a free country and nobody should be forced to do it."
- "You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a ring and her own VCR, 'cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding." - Allan, age 10
- "Never kiss in front of other people. It's a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. If nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." - Kally, age 9
- "It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them!" - Anita, age 9
- "It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." - Will, age 7
- "When they're rich." - Pam, age 7
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
- "Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work." - Dick, age 7
- "Don't forget your wife's name. That will mess up the love." - Erin, age 8
- "Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash." - Dave, age 8
- "Don't say you love somebody and then change your mind. Love isn't like picking what movie you want to watch." - Natalie, age 9
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
- "Both don't want any more kids." - Lori, age 8
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
- "It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them." - Anita, age 9
- "There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?" - Kelvin, age 8
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