Love and Marriage Through a Child’s Eyes


We write about love and marriage in our books and even have strong personal opinions about the subject. Surprisingly, so do children. Many years ago (way more than I want to share) Art Linkletter had a segment on his TV show called Children Say the Darndest Things. It’s fun looking into the mind of these kids. Some are pretty wise for their age and some are hilarious.

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 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?

“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.” (A wise girl if I say so myself!)

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.”

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.”

TwiceTexasBride smWhen is it okay to kiss someone?

“When they’re rich.”  (I like the way this girl thinks. Wish I’d have listened to her advice.)

“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 sure have a unique view of the world. I love writing about them and usually put at least one in every story. They can add a lot of depth and emotion.

In the second book of my Bachelors of Battle Creek series called TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE (May 2015,) I have a six-year-old boy by the name of Toby. His father is a horrible outlaw and his mother is dead. All he wants is a good decent family. Someone to love him.

In one of scenes, Toby is holding his baby sister and telling these other kids, “She grows her own teeth, too. When she gets big as me, she’ll even be able to eat and chew.”

He also announced that he was taking care of his baby sister while his mama and papa danced so the fiddlers wouldn’t get sick of playing music and go home.

Do you know any funny things that children have said?


Love and Marriage Through a Child’s Eyes — 10 Comments

  1. Great post, Linda! Kids definitely say the darndest things. A few months ago, I was watching the movie “Noah” with my nephew. During the scene where Noah goes at night to the town full of wild souls to find wives for his sons, my nephew say: “so that’s their version of speed dating.” That was a full-belly laugh workout moment 🙂

    • Hi Jacqui! So happy to see you drop by. Glad you like my blog. Yeah, kids are a hoot! I love the way they phrase things and their ideas at times really make me laugh. A few years ago my grandson was so excited at the prospect of moving from first to second grade because, “Those kids got to chew gum.” He thought that was so grown up. I’m not sure where he got the idea that it was true. Probably some second graders messing with him. But he was very disappointed to find it wasn’t true. Your nephew sounds like a neat kid. I love his take on Noah. Too funny.

      Thanks for coming over to chat, my friend.

  2. My son was galloping around the house this morning using a broom for a horse. When asked what his horses name was he said it was Toga. I asked where he came up with Toga. He told me it was where chickens come from and is a magical farm. Loved it.

    • Hi Tiffany…..Thank you for stopping by. I loved your comment. Oh my goodness, your son must be very imaginative. I loved that too. Makes perfect sense to me. 🙂 I love it when kids play make believe. Sadly, not enough of them do. They’re too busy playing games. I remember when I was a kid. We played outside all day long, building things in the dirt or climbing trees.

      Thank you again for coming over. I hope you come back again soon.

  3. You got me to thinking about the embarrassing things that kids do and say. When my son was little he threw a my eggs out of my grocery cart and told me we don’t need this, eggs went everywhere and also done this with a bottle of ketchup, by the way he doesn’t eat eggs to this day. He also got me in a pet shop one time and they had a box of kittens and he was yelling at the top of his lungs mama come and look at all these little pussys.I blamed my sister for that one because she call her cats pussys.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……Thank you for coming. Oh my gosh! I can only imagine how embarrassed you were. I don’t know which was worse. I think I would’ve died. Just melted right into the floor. Your son was a little stinker. My kids used to do things too and I wanted to disappear. But somehow we get through it and everything turns out all right. I’m glad you enjoyed my post.


  4. Fantastic Linda, I loved reading all your witty comments. Just love all that you do.

    • Hi Tonya……Thanks for coming to read my blog. Glad you enjoyed the kids. They’re so funny. I’m glad you found my blog. It’s really a struggle on thinking of things to put up (and finding the time) but I enjoy it. I also blog on Petticoats and Pistols once a month and on Casablanca Authors. Just busy, busy.

      Here are the links if you want to check them out:

      Now, I’ve got to get to that witty part that doesn’t really exist this early in the day and get another blog ready to post here for tomorrow.

      Big Hugs!

  5. Boy I wish I had thought of this a few times, loved the answer. What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

    • Hi Jessie…….Thanks for coming by. I’m glad you liked my post. Yes, these little stinkers are quite hilarious. Next time you go on a first date that’s not quite working out, you might want to remember to play dead. LOL!

      Thanks again. I hope you come back often. You never know what you’ll find.