Lately we seem to be spending quality time with couples who have been together 45, 50 and, even 60-plus years. Of course, we also have friends who divorced, remarried and are now, like us, pretty darn happy. A long, long time ago, Burt and I were both walking around single and determined to never, ever take another chance on marriage because of our original experiences. If I had been asked what to look for in a new partner, my answer probably would have included qualities like integrity, morality, honesty and commitment. Those things are pretty important if you are a grownup, but if you are a little kid being asked serious questions, your answer might just be downright hilarious – such as the following day brightener, which should give you some chuckles over this holiday weekend.
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When kids were asked about marriage:
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
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. – Kristen, age 10
What is the right age to get married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person forever by then. – Camille, age 10
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
What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
Both don’t want any more kids. – Lori, age 8
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
When is it ok to kiss someone?
When they’re rich. – Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be 18, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. – Curt, 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
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. – Anita, age
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
And the #1 Favorite is: How would you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. – Ricky, age 10
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I’m not all that sure about Little Ricky. If I thought Burt was even “thinking” his wife (me) looked like a dump truck, I could read his thoughts, and he would be in so much trouble.
Happy holiday weekend, everyone.
Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her husband, Burt, their dog, Charley, and a shelter cat named Lap Sitter. Bobbie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor the complete article see the 07-05-2013 issue.
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