What is Marriage, According to Kids?

Wanna know what marriage is all about? Ask a kid. Actually, asks a bunch of kids what marriage is, they'll be glad to share their childhood wisdom. Okay, and fun. After all, kids look at the world through imaginative, creative eyes. And with their own funny understanding of the world. Marriage. [mar-ij]. Noun. Marriage.

What is Marriage?  Exactly?

"Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don't have to give her back to her parents." - Eric, age 6

"If marriage is anything like spelling, I don't want it. It's too hard." Marty, age 7

"Hey, I'm just a kid. It gives me a headache to think about things like marriage." William Robert, age 5

"Marriage is a real good thing I think, but baseball is pretty good too."  - Ralphie, 9

"Marriage is what happens when two people are in love, and they go out to eat, and they like talking to each other so much their food gets cold and they don't care." - Pamela, age 7

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What is the Proper Age to Get Married?

"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." - Bert, 5

"I'm not sure how old you need to be, but I think you gotta start with being handsome. Just look at me. I'm handsome, but I'm not married yet." - Brian, 6

"I think 82 is the right age to get married. That way you can hold hands to keep each other from falling over, and nobody knows that's what you're doing." - Steven, 7

"I don't want to rush into marriage. It's hard enough just getting through the fourth grade." - Ashley Marie, age 9

"One of you has to be old enough to write checks, 'cause when you get married there's lots of bills to pay." - Dillon, age 10

How Do You Know Who to Marry?

"You flip a nickel." "Heads, you keep him." "Tails, you find another boy." - Kelley, 9

"You get shot with an arrow. I don't know just how it works 'xactly, but I don't think it's supposed to hurt, then you feel all squishy when you're with 'em. - Bruce, 10

"If you have freckles, you should find someone else who has freckles." Robin, 7

"That's a good question. I've been trying to hide from love and marriage since I was 5 years old, but girls keep trying to find me." - David, age 8

"When you go on a date with a boy and he pays the whole bill at the restaurant, then you know it's okay to marry him." - Madeline, age 11

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When Is It Okay to Kiss Someone?

"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough money to buy her a ring and her own VCR, 'cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding.'" - Allan, 10

"You need to be careful not to kiss a boy in front of people. It can be embarrassing if someone sees you. If no one sees you, it might be fun if he's a handsome boy, but just for a few hours.  Goldie, age 8

"When you take a girl out on a date, you can buy her french fries. Then if she starts waving the french fries around it means she wants to kiss you." - Brandon, 11

"I don't know how to know when it's okay to kiss someone, but I know if the boy has lipstick marks on his face he was kissing the girl." -Alesia, age 9

"When it's really cold outside, it's okay to kiss a boy, because it makes you all warm inside and all over." - Betty Lou, age 7

"I don't kiss boys anymore. They slobber all over you and it's yucky. That's why it's never okay to kiss." - Tammy, age 9

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What do People do on Dates?

"Many daters just eat pork chops and French Fries and talk about love." - Craig, 9

"On the first date, people just tell each other lies. That usually gets them interested enough in each other to go out to a second date.  - Matthew, age 10

"Boys and girls like to go to the movies on dates, so they can sit in the dark together." - Mariah, age 8

"If a boy and a girl have hearts on fire, they order one of those desserts that are on fire too." - Michael Ray, 12

"People on dates are funny, like puppy dogs. Puppy dogs wag their tails when they are happy. People on dates are like that, except they don't have tails."  - Elijah, age 9

What is Marriage?

"Marriage is what brings us together, today." :)

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