Kids' Ideas About Love
Kids, aged 5 to 10, were asked questions about what they thought of love
and marriage. Here's what they said.
Love and Marriage:
"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
"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life."
-- John, 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
"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
"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is
pretty good too." -- Greg, age 8
"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife."
-- Tom, age 5
"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually
gets them interested enough to go for a second date." -- Mike, 10
"I'm in favor of love as long as it doesn't happen when
Dinosaurs is on television." -- Jill, age 6
"One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has
freckles too." -- Andrew, age 6
"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
"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a
kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." -- Kenny, age 7
"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons
of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." -- Ava, age 8
"When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl.
He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have
kids and get divorced.'" -- Anita, 9
"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade
hard enough." -- Regina, age 10
"Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a
live one." -- Angie, age 10
"A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases
together." -- Marlon, age 10
"[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to
change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I'd figure something
out. I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and
diaper-changing." -- Kirsten, age 10
"Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime." -- Floyd, age 9
"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
"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
"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy
her a big ring and her own VCR, 'cause she'll want to have videos
of the wedding." -- Jim, age 10
"Never kiss in front of other people. It's a big embarrassing thing if anybody
sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome
boy, but just for a few hours." -- Kally, age 9
"You learn [how to kiss] right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the
best of you." -- Doug, age 7
"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
"It's never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That's
why I stopped doing it." -- Tammy, age 10
"I know one reason 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
"The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with
that." -- Curt, age 7
"The rules goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry her
and have kids with her. It's the right thing to do." -- Howard, age 8
(on seeing a couple kissing) "He is trying to steal her chewing
gum!" -- Boy, age 6
"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
"Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long
time." -- Christine, age 9
"It isn't always how you look. Look at me. I'm handsome like anything, and
I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." -- Brian, age 7
How People In Love Act:
"Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get
cold. Other people care more about the food." -- Brad, age 8
"They act mooshy. Like puppy dogs, except puppy dogs don't wag their tails
nearly as much." -- Arnold, age 10
"All of a sudden, the people get movies fever so they can sit together
in the dark." -- Sherm, age 8
"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
"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
"See if the man picks up the check. That's how you can tell if
he's in love." -- John, age 9
"Many daters just eat pork chops and french fries and talk about love."
-- Craig, age 9
What Mom and Dad Have In Common:
"Both don't want no more kids." -- Lori, age 8
How To Tell If Two People Are Married:
"Married people usually look happy to talk to other people."
-- Eddie, age 6
"You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the
same kids." -- Derrick, age 8
Deciding 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 get to find out later who you're
stuck with." -- Kirsten, age 10
Strategies For Making People Fall In Love With You:
"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
The Best Age To Get Married:
"Twenty three is the best age because you know the person forever
by then." -- Cam, age 10
"No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married!"
-- Freddie, age 6
Good Advice About Love:
"Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work."
-- Dick, age 7
"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
"Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck!"
-- Ricky, age 7
"Don't forget your wife's name. That will mess up the love."
-- Erin, age 8
"Sensitivity don't hurt." -- Robbie, age 8
"Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the
trash." -- Erin, 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
What To Do When a First Date Turns Sour:
"I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers
and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns."
-- Craig, age 9
What Most People Are Thinking When They Say "I Love You":
"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
Why People In Love Often Hold Hands:
"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
Titles of Love Ballads You Can Sing To Your Loved One:
"'I Love Hamburgers, I Like You!'" -- Eddie, age 6
"'You Are My Darling Even Though You Also Know My Sister.'"
-- Larry, age 8
"'I Am In Love With You Most of the Time, But Don't Bother Me When I'm With
My Friends.'" -- Bob, age 9
"'How Do I Love Thee When You're Always Picking Your Nose?'"
-- Arnold, age 10
"'Honey, I Got Your Curly Hair and Your Nintendo On My Mind.'"
-- Sharon, age 9
"'Hey, Baby, I Don't Like Girls, But I'm Willing To Forget You Are One!'"
-- Will, age 7
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