Kids’ View of Love and Marriage

love-halo.gifI recently received one of those forwarded emails that had probably been around the world a couple of times. You know the ones I’m talking about. The kind that one person sends out with the request to keep it going. And unless you send to fifteen others in the next five minutes your toes will rot off and your teeth fall out. lol  Anyway, I got this one about kids and their views of love and marriage and I had to share. No, I didn’t forward to anyone and so far I still have all my toes and teeth. I just laughed and enjoyed looking into the minds of small children. Some are pretty wise. Might use them for a consultation to see how my hero and heroine are supposed to act.

How do you decide who to marry?

One girl said, “No person really decides before they grow up. God decides it all way before and you get to to find out later who you’re stuck with.”

A boy said, “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.”

What is the right age to get married?

“Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.”

What do most people do on a date?

boy-girl-holding-hands.jpg“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.” (I love this girl!)

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.”  (Too funny!)

What would you do on a first date that was turning 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.”

When is it okay to kiss someone?

boy-girl-kissing.bmp“When they’re rich.” (I like the way this girl thinks.)

“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.”

Is it better to be single or married?

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.”

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

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

How would you make a marriage work?

“Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.”

One thing for sure, children are honest. And hilarious! I’m always amazed by what they say. If you’re feeling down sometime, just talk to a child and pretty soon you’ll be laughing. As for forwarding the email, I consider that my luck should be awfully good seeing that I’ve managed to send it to every one of you who reads this today. Just using my noggin.  Now, you have to worry about your toes rotting off and teeth falling out! Hope you’ve learned a few things today. Kids and romance are something else.

lindabroday.jpgSo, if you have children or grandchildren, what funny things have they said? Or just post a comment. I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of Give Me a Texan to some lucky person.

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

39 thoughts on “Kids’ View of Love and Marriage”

  1. A few years ago, when my youngest was five, I was standing at the sink washing dishes and he was ‘helping’ me, he turns to me and says, “Mom, let’s go flying!”

    I looked at him and told him that sounded like fun, but we couldn’t fly. He said, “But you’ve got wings.” “I do?” I ask. He puts up his scrawny little arm and points to his bicep, “Yeah, batwings, all women have them.”

    I laughed until I cried over that. I’m not exactly sure where he heard that, but it was hilarous.

    One of my friends son was watching the news with them and it had a report of a serial killer on it. Cody turned to his dad and told him, “Make sure you lock the door tonight, Mom just went to the grocery store today.”

    Kids can make the grayest day brighter with their wisdom.

  2. I remember driving down a road with my daughter, two at the time and we drove by a yard with pigs in it and my daughter asks me, “Mommy, do pigs like to get run over?”

    I still trying to figure out what hopping bunny trail her mind must have gone down to ask that question.

  3. My daughters all went to school in a one-room country school house. We still have a few of them in Nebraska and one was in our neighborhood. I loved that school!
    But lots of work for parents in such a small school. I drove to hundreds of field trips over the years. When my fourth daughter, Katy, was born she got hauled to every children’s museum and airport and police station in Northeast Nebraska.
    One day we rented a bus and took two other county schools along and went somewhere, we did quite a few things with these other small schools and I knew the children and parents somewhat.
    And one of the little girls from the other school came up an asked me if she could hold Katy.
    Well, before I could say a thing, one of the twelve-year-olds at our school kind of stepped between the girl and my baby and said, “No you can’t. She’s our school’s baby.”

  4. Yesterday I came back to the living room to find my 5 year old on the couch with all the throw pillows piled up around her, the only thing visible was her head and she goes–“Ooohh, a floating head.” LOL

    I sang the “On Top of Spaghetti” song to my daughter last week and she told me it was funnier than cheeseballs. LOL I have NO CLUE what that means.

    I think the funniest are things she does just as much as what she says. She wants to grow up to run a horse farm, be a singer AND an artist. She loves Dreamer and Flicka. She draws pictures and then has me spell out the words of a story she’s made up so she can write it on each page of her illustrations and then she gets scotch tape and sticks them all together and tells me she made a book.

    She did this recently- a story about a young girl who missed the school bus, so she had to walk to school and on the way, she saw a cool skirt in a store window, but she went on to school. After school she stopped and bought the skirt, which was pinkish blue, and then a frog kissed her on her way home and she did her homework and her chores and had a sucker, which came with the skirt when she bought it.(how nice!) She almost got in trouble for letting the frog kiss her(it didn’t turn into a prince), but her parents forgave her for allowing the frog to kiss and she promised to never let it happen again and then she got puppy.

    She called it “The Bestest Girl Who Ever Got Kissed” and when I asked her how the little girl bought the skirt and where she got the money, she gave me this serious look and said, “Well, with the money she made over the summer helping her mom around the house, of course!”

    She also likes to pretend she’s auditioning for American Idol and she loves music and learns lyrics quickly. Her favorites- What Hurts the Most, Good to Be Us, Life Is a Highway, Ladies Love Country Boys and Good Directions, Tearsdrops on My Guitar, Red High Heels, to name a few.

    She has such an imagination and desire to learn so much. She makes me beam and keeps me laughing.

  5. I LOVE it! LOL!!

    My granddaughter Bryanna is always making me laugh with the things she says.

    One evening we were about to bring her home so I dressed her in long pants, shirt, shoes and had her jacket ready. As she stood by the chair she began to move around in a lunge-like manner. I asked her what she was doing. She looked up in all of her angelic innocence and replied, “I stretchin em out.”

    I almost fell over laughing!

    Another time she looked over at the clock and said…”Know what Paw Paw’s clock says? Time for cofee milk!”

    And once, I called her mother only to find out that she was arguing with Bryanna and needed to call me back. Seems that my 2 & 1/2 yr old granddaughter didn’t want to put on her shoes and socks to go to WalMart and she was pitching one heck of a fit! When my daughter finally got her calmed down enough to ask why, Bryanna replied, “you don’t wear tennis shoes with a skirt.”

    Fashion police at 2 and 1/2!

    Of course I reminded my daughter that she would NOT wear yellow — even as an infant– and that she could not fuss at this child for being just as strong minded. 🙂

    Just a couple of my stories.

    Love this post!

  6. Proof that kids are always coming up with something- My daughter had been watching her Strawberry Shortcake dvd in her brother’s room a little while ago, but she came to the living room a few minutes ago. I asked if she turned off the tv, dvd player and light in his room.

    She tells me, “Yes, I turned off everything except the sun and the little light.”

    It took me a moment to catch what she said. She meant THE Sun and the plug in nightlight! Haha!

  7. I was going over english with my daughter, testing her on what was a noun, verb, pronoun, etc. And decided to aske her what a oxymoron was and she look at me and said with this extremely serious face, “An even bigger moron.” I laughed so hard. I just thought it was the funniest thing in the world.

  8. Terry, how funny! Of course you have wings. That’s the sweetest thing. And the one about the serial killer was just hilarious. I like the commercial on TV where the little girl is in bed with the sheet over her head and her father comes into the room and there’s all these glasses of grape juice sitting on the floor around the closet. She says there’s a monster in the closet but the antioxidant’s will protect her. Too cute. Thanks for commenting today.

  9. Oh Mary, how funny! Wonder what prompted that question about the pigs getting run over? Kinda strange. But the kid that wanted to hold your baby girl and was told they couldn’t because she was the “school’s baby” was too precious. I love looking at things through a child’s eyes. They have such a unique view of things. Sometimes what they say just touches your heart in a way that brings a lump in your throat. They’re so serious in their logic. I’m so glad you shared that with us today! 🙂

  10. Taryn, you have the most precious little girl! The story she made up and put into a book was hilarious. I wonder though about her kissing that frog. You might better check her room often. 🙂 She has mighty big dreams for such a little girl. I’m willing to bet she’ll either be a wonderful storyteller or a singer. But then, if those don’t turn out maybe she’ll turn to her horse farm! Too cute. It’ll be interesting to see which way her life goes.

    I used to watch Art Linkletter (a TV show from long ago for those who aren’t old enough to remember) and he did always did a segment called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” He’d have some boys and girls on stage and ask them questions. It was so funny and my favorite part of the show.

  11. Hi Pam T! Your granddaughter sounds like someone I’d love to spend time with. She has a logical sense of humor and a strong will. She’s the kind of heroine we love reading and writing about–the kind that drives the hero crazy! Yes, anyone knows you don’t wear tennis shoes with a skirt. Duh!! Kids definitely have a mind of their own. Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

    Yes, kids always make me laugh or tug at my heart strings. I melt when my three year old grandson kisses me and says, “I love you forever, grandma.”

  12. Rebekah, I’m really glad you stopped by to comment and share a story! That’s funny. Now, if only she can decide if oxymoron is a subject, verb, or noun! 🙂 I like that kids think they have everything all figured out and can’t imagine why we’d question them. They can be pains in the behind at times but they’re so cute.

    Taryn, your daughter has such a way of saying things! They may not know the correct word for things but they can get close enough so that we know what they mean. Bless you for coming back to share that. If the sun comes up missing, I’ll know your daughter turned it out. 🙂

  13. My cousin’s youngest, Jake, is one of those kids who’s too smart for his own good. He’s seven and has quite to vocabulary and my mom calls me to tell me the latest “Jakeism”. The only one I can remember off the top of my head actually happened a couple of years ago. Their dogs were running around chaotically (like normal) and Jake turned to his mom and said, “Mom, what we have here is anarchy!” His dad works at Pepsi so last week Jake told him before he left for work, “Make lots of pop, make me proud, and make me rich!”

  14. Good morning!
    Taryn – I haven’t thought of the On Top of Spaghetti song in ages. Made me smile! Never heard the cheeseball version before.

    Do you remember the show, “Kids say the Darnedest Things?”

    They do! Out of the mouths of babes!

    Great post, Linda. The boy and girl kissing is my favorite pic!!

  15. Hi Lynn/Elsandra! Your cousin’s son sounds too smart for his own good. He does have quite the vocabulary. My gosh! Most kids wouldn’t know what the word anarchy meant. He must be an avid reader. And I love his comment to his dad. That’s cute. I’m sure he comes up with lots of good stuff. I’d love to hang out with him for a while. The things I’d get to put in my stories! Thanks for stopping by to share.

    Oh, I happened to remember something my sister told me about their grandson who’s two. They were looking out the window last weekend and she pointed to a bird sitting on the fence and said, “Look at that little rascal.” The grandson piped up and said, “It’s a rascal bird!”

  16. Thanks, Charlene! Glad you liked the post today. I’m never sure what will appeal to our visitors and I’m constantly second-guessing myself. But kids are so cute. Yes, I remember Art Linkletter’s show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” It was my favorite. Of course, some of these younger whippersnappers might not know what we’re talking about. Those kids were so unpredicatable and a riot to watch! Glad you liked the kissing picture. It’s a favorite of mine too. So sweet and innocent.

  17. It truly is amazing! The things that kids say
    will keep us laughing forever!!
    I, too, remember “Kids Say the Darndest Things”!
    I enjoyed what the kids said, but even more, I
    enjoyed Art Linkletter’s reactions to whatever
    they said!

    Pat Cochran

  18. Thank you Linda. Yeah, my baby has big dreams, but I encourage her to dream big and believe in herself. She’s quite the drama queen and loves attention. Quite the opposite of her older brother, who’s quieter and more “logical” I guess you could say. I’m not sure where he gets that from.

    Charlene, hehehe, I hadn’t thought how that sounded! There is no cheeseball version :o) I don’t know where she got that…when I finished singing the real song, she just exclaimed “Mommy, that’s funnier than cheese balls!”

    She’s a piece of work!

  19. My son is a teenager but I still remember the day he said to me, “Mommy, you’re the most beautiful mommy in the world, even with those things all over your face.” (I have freckles.)

  20. Minna, glad you came visting us today and that you enjoyed my kids’ view of love and marriage. They are too funny.

    Taryn, always remember these special moments with your daughter and son because they’re too fleeting. Kids don’t stay kids for long. And yeah, boys are very different from girls and more grounded in reality. Whereas girls tend to reach for the stars and live in a fantasy land.

    Oh Maureen, that was so sweet of your son to say that! I hope you never forget those words and the love behind them. It’s something to cherish and remind him of after he gets mad at you when you won’t let him have the car or something. 🙂

  21. My sister always called her cats pussycats. So one day we were in a pet shop with my son which was 3 at the time. He walk up to this pen full of kittens. Guess what he hollard mommy mommy look at all these pussies, he kept saying it over and over and I was trying to get him to hush. I was very embarassed.

  22. Patricia, I guess we’re about the same age because I loved Art Linkletter. That was such a fun show and I loved those kids he had on there. And yes, Art L. sure had some funny reactions to the kids’ answers sometimes. I agree it was almost as fun to watch his reaction as it was listening to the kids’. Thank you for stopping by.

    Virginia, oh my gosh! Yep, that would’ve been embarrassing. But kids sure know how to do that. I’ve died a slow death a time or two when mine were little and they’d say things they shouldn’t have. I guess all parents have gone through that from time to time. Thanks for posting a comment and sharing your story.

  23. Linda, what a beautiful blog. Well done!

    The first thing that came to my mind about what kids say is when we were babysitting for my two granddaughters the other night. Meredith is almost three, and she’s been potty-trained for months. Well, only during the day. My daughter has done everything she can think of to do away with that nighttime diaper, but nothing’s working.

    Anyway, at bedtime, Meredith tugged off her bottoms and scrambled onto the bed, sprawled on her back and lifted her legs. “Time for my diaper, Gramma.” As I’m getting the Sesame Street design disposable unfolded, she said – “Elmo in the back, Gramma.”

    I just had to laugh. She knew just how this diaper thing worked, which meant she was wa-ay too old to be wearing them.

    Any two-year-old who could practically put on her own diaper is too smart and ready to be done with them!

  24. Hey Gang,

    When Bryanna was born I started writing a journal of all these cute little things to share with her when she graduates or gets married. It will include poems that her Poppy (my dad) wrote/writes, pictures, these things, other things that happened while she grew up (like hurricane rita, etc)

    Got the idea from another writer (don’t remember who or where).

    Anyway, thought I’d share that too.


  25. My grandkids are so small they barely talk yet. But I know ehwn they get a little older WATCH OUT!
    I got that same forward several times and I still had to chuckle at it every time.

  26. Those are hilarious. My four year old son has told me he wants to marry me. LOL! I will have to remind him of that when he is 17 years old and I am getting on his nerves with my restrictive ways.

  27. Pam, glad you liked my subject choice today. I love to talk about kids and like to write them even more. Yes, your granddaughter is smart as a whip. How cute that she knows Elmo goes in the back! I’m just surprised that she’s so eager to get into a diaper at bedtime. Most kids hate diapers. Don’t despair though. I doubt she’ll be the only kid in first grade in a diaper. At least I haven’t heard of many first graders who wear diapers. And my granddaughter was four by the time she didn’t need a diaper at night so you see yours isn’t so bad.

    Have a good day!

  28. My kids are grown but no grandkids yet so I’m blank. I do want to say how much I love your cover!

  29. Pamela T, that’s an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing that. Your daughter will be thrilled later on when your she gets big. It’s a snapshot of her life as a baby and young girl. My children love looking back and seeing what I wrote and when they started doing and saying certain things.

    Estella, boy do you have a surprise in store! Just wait. It’ll be fun though, I promise. Kids are so amazing. Thanks for stopping by.

    Cherie J, your four year old son is too cute! Yeah, you’ll have to remind him of that when he gets mad at you later on. Glad you got a kick out of today’s blog. Thanks for sharing your son with us.

    I thought of something else my grandson says a lot, “When I get big and you get little, I’m gonna be a firemens and I’m gonna put out fires.”

  30. Jeanne, thanks for the compliment on my cover! I think it’s the best one yet for me. Boy, he’s a hunk, isn’t he? Thanks for leaving the comment. And don’t worry, you’ll have a little one very soon probably and your fun will start. 🙂

  31. Pam, I can’t believe your grandkids are old enough to TALK already! Seems like they were just born. AWK!

    But then, I have one graduating this fall. Double AWK!

  32. well, I have 2 of which is about to turn 7 (my youngest is not quite 2 yet), anyway..i get lots of interesting questions and comments from the oldest..just the other day i was aked “mama, what’s a birdie finger?”… well, now.. what did i say to that??? i just simply said “well….it’s definately not nice and you should never do it”.. of course when asked where she had heard that before…she gave the classic answer “SCHOOL”… you really never know what’s going to come out of their mouths or when it will come out

  33. Linda, I love this post. Rearing two daughters, I’m having a lot of fun with my grandsons and their way of thinking. This is a jewel! My favorite.“Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.” Sounds exactly like my oldest grandson’s philosophy of life. Phyliss

  34. Get blog today. When my oldest nephew was little Barney was real big. My husband and I took him and the rest of the nephews and nieces to the fair. They had a man made of like Barney.
    Josh spoke up and said “That’s not the real Barney, he has a zipper in the back”. He is 22 now and we are still laughing about that.

  35. Cheryl, yes, our kids and grandkids do grow up despite everything. 🙂

    Melissa D, I’m so glad you visted Wildflower Junction! Sounds like your seven year old is very inquisitive. Birdie finger, yep that’ll make you search your brain for a quick response. It’s almost as bad as wondering where babies come from. lol Kids are excellent for keeping us off our toes. They’re sure amazing.

    Phyliss, I was wondering if you’d make it today. I’m sure you’re dead tired. Yeah, that dump truck quote was one of my favorite. Heaven help if that sounds like your oldest grandson. Oh my, some girl will be mighty lucky to snag him! He’s a charmer. And he’s learned it’s better for everyone to keep ’em happy no matter what. Love that guy. 🙂

  36. Sherry, that’s cute. Of course, “everyone” knows the real Barney has a zipper in back!! Bet your son doesn’t like to be reminded of saying that though. I love it! Thanks for sharing with us and for posting a comment.

  37. One thing that remains vivid is a time I made fish for dinner, and my daughter Jennifer told me she didn’t like that kind, she wanted real fish. When I inquired, she explained that the fish sticks they served at school were “real fish.”

  38. Hi Linda,

    I may be too late to earn your book, but here goes. My friend’s godson had his mouth washed out with soap for using foul language. Well, not really washed out, but he had to lick the soap once. Anyway, while in the car with his parents, his father was pulled over by California Highway Patrol. The father said a couple of potty words and Daniel immediately acted on them. He extracted himself from his carseat, (he was five) stuck his head out the window and yelled at the approaching CHP officer…”Did you bring the soap?” By the way, nice cover on your book. But what is it with illustrators that they can’t put shirts on our cowboys? Not that I’m complaining about the view, you see. Take care.


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