Love from a child’s point of view

Country Roads

Some things kind of slip up on you. I got to thinking the other day that I have been a married man for more than two-thirds of my life. I was blessed to have more than 43 years with Cindy, my first wife, before she passed away. Julie and I have been married for more than six years.

I’m not complaining, mind you. God has blessed me with two beautiful women over the years and I am very content to live in a state of matrimony.

By the time you reach my age it is difficult to remember exactly how you felt about love and marriage when you were a youngster. As a 10-year-old I denied liking girls but inside my lustful little heart I knew I was fibbing.

A number of years ago someone e-mailed me one of those frequently forwarded pieces of humor. These days you’re more likely to see this stuff on Facebook.

This bit of humor listed children’s responses to questions about love and marriage. I have no idea where it originated, but it’s good reading.

Some excerpts:

QUESTION: How does a person decide who to marry?

“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.” ­– Allan, age 10

“No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before and you got to find out later who you’re stuck with.” –Kirsten, age 10

QUESTION: How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

“You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” — Derrick, age 8

QUESTION: What do you think your mom and dad have in common?

“Both don’t want no more kids.” — Lori, age 8

QUESTION: What do most people do on a date?

“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 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

QUESTION: When is it okay to kiss someone?

“When they’re rich!” — Pam, age 7

“The rule goes like this: if you kiss someone then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.” — Howard, age 8

QUESTION: Is it better to be single or married?

“I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing, I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out!”— Theodore, age 8

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them!” — Anita, age 9

QUESTION: What advice do you have for a young couple about to be married?

“The first thing I’d say to them is, ‘Listen up, youngins … I got something to say to you. Why in the heck do you wanna get married, anyway?'” — Craig, age 9

QUESTION: How do you make a marriage work?

“Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck!” — Ricky, age 7

“If you want to last with your man, you should wear a lot of sexy clothes, especially underwear that is red and maybe has a few diamonds on it.” — Lori, age 8

QUESTION: How would the world be different if people didn’t get married?

“There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?” — Kelvin, age 8

“You can be sure of one thing — the boys would come chasing after us just the same as they do now!” — Roberta, age 7

Kids are obviously better informed today than when I was a youngster. While I had surely noticed girls by the time I was seven, I don’t think I had given a thought toward marriage or related matters. Now, here I am — married over two-thirds of my life!

That’s fine by me.


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