Love and Marriage Through a Child’s Eyes

Children crack me up and greatly enrich my stories. Just like grownups, they have strong personal opinions about love and marriage. My goodness, they’re opinionated! 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. People before the age of 30 won’t know what I’m talking about. However, Jimmy Fallon often talks to children on the Tonight Show about various subjects and they’re always so funny. I can’t think of anything more fun than talking to kids. Some are pretty wise for their age and they’ll make you roll on the floor laughing.

How do you decide who to marry?

One girl answered, “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 snickered. “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.”

 

When 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.)

Another child said, “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.”

 

 

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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 HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY, fourteen-year-old Henry Boone has the mind of a child. Some of the things he says are really funny. Here’s an exchange with Houston Legend.

Outside in the hallway, Houston found himself blocked by Lara’s kid brother Henry. The boy shook his finger under Houston’s nose. “Be nice,” Henry warned. “If you ain’t nice, I’ll give you a black eye.”

Seeing as how his young accoster had to stand on tiptoe to do it, made the situation border on the ridiculous. The whole thing would’ve been comical if not for the glisten of tears in Henry’s eyes and his quivering lip.

“What are you talking about, kid?”

“My sister. A man hurt her and gave her a baby. If you give her a baby, you’ll be mean too.” Henry stuck up both fists. “I ain’t a scared o’ you. I’ll black your eye.”

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Do you like hanging out and talking to kids? Or maybe you know something funny a child has said.

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Love and Marriage Through a Child’s Eyes — 21 Comments

  1. Happy Memorial Day Linda- great topic.
    When we were little we always went over the 4th of July week to The Texas Cowboy Reynion in Stamford, Texas. It truly was like a family reunion with all our rodeo friends. One of my family’s dear friends had a little boy named Jody and he was a character, always was so funny & happy, never had met a stranger. Jody was red headed and covered with freckles, someone asked him while he was walking by what he would do if he had one more freckle, Jody’s reply was priceless. “I’d tie a string to it and pull it behind me!” That brought everyone down to their knees laughing as Jody just kept walking on as if he didn’t have a care in the world.

    • Good Morning, Tonya…….How funny! I’ll bet that little boy had a ready reply for anything. That Stamford Cowboy Reunion was really a big thing. People used to go from all around. Not sure if they still do. Like most everything else, these celebrations tend to die out. I hope not though. I hope you have a fun day doing whatever strikes your fancy. It’s sad to see that only a handful of people in my neighborhood put a flag out today. So much is being lost. Hurts my heart.

      Love and big hugs, sister friend!

      • Kinda- the Texas Cowboy Reunuon still goes on, but I don’t think it’s the same as it was back then. We all camped out and just had a wonderful time it was truly a reunion for everyone, we got to see friends and family during the entire rodeo week and we just had so much fun, but now days I think it’s all too commercialized and no one camps out. I went there a good 15 to 20 years in a row. I have not been back since I moved to Kansas, the last time I attended was three days prior to my move to Kansas. The fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday and I always get a little sad when I think about Fourth of July and not being at the Texas cowboy reunion. But it’s been 23 years and so I have my memories and I think about them every Fourth of July. And that young boy Jody has grown up to be a very handsome man has children and my mom, dad, and my brother still see him frequently

        • Even if it’s not the same, I’m glad they still hold it, Tonya. Yes, you have your memories that no one can take. How nice that your folks still see Jody. I’ll bet he has no memory of what he said.

  2. Out of the mouths of babes! I love the excerpt you chose and Henry added so much to that story, as did Gracie. Being around my grandkids all the time, I hear some pretty funny stuff. Sydney used to say that if a man didn’t treat her like a princess she would kick him to the curb. (Of course, her mama helped instigate that.) Children are so innocent and brutally honest. Great post, sister! Happy Memorial Day!

    • Hi Sister Jan…….Yes, you certainly hear a lot of funny things from your grandkids. Sydney is hilarious! She’s always coming up with something funny. Just wait until Sam gets talking good. Bet she’ll have lots to say. And you’re right about kids being brutally honest.

      Happy Memorial Day and much love!

  3. I forgot to mention that I love when you incorporate children in your books. They always make me giggle and really grab my heart.

    • Tonya……I’m glad you like the children in my books because I don’t think I can stop. They just add so much depth and humor too. Toby in Twice a Texas Bride told those kids who were trying to be friendly that he had to take care of his baby sister because his mama and daddy had to dance so the fiddle player wouldn’t get sick of playing and go home.

      Love you!

      • Linda- I agree never stop. I have loved all the children you have had in your books, but the one that sticks out the most and dearest to my heart is of course Marley Rose. I’m so excited you have written her book and I cannot wait to see what a wonderful beautiful lady she has become. And to find out who the man is that steals her heart, as well as the man that Duel allows to steal her heart.

        • Tonya, her story won’t be too far away. (Next May) Marley falls hopelessly in love with Roan Penny. Yes, Duel was quite protective of his daughter and refused to allow Roan to court her…until he measured up. But Duel had to learn to trust Marley and let her live her life her way. A hard lesson to be sure.

  4. these were cute, having two kids of my own, ages 24 and 19, they have said some funny things thru out the years.
    i remember one time, my son who was in 4th grade, they were teaching sex ed, I don’t mean to be this as a dirty post, or suggest any sexual. but my boy’s homework was to go over the male and female booklet with him, I think this was way too young, but we went thru the material about his body and what happens as he grows older, and one part was about how males can experience a “wet dream” my boy piped up and said, ” oh boy mom I can’t wait till im older and get to experience my first wet dream” The look on my face was priceless, and I burst out laughing and said
    I think you need to talk to your father”

    another time, my daughter said she wanted to marry a man like her father, but not as hairy and no yellow teeth. lol. ah memories. Hope you have a great memorial day

    • Good morning, Elaine…….Thank you so much for coming! How funny about your son. That’s hilarious. No, kids were too young to understand at that age. My friend’s little grandson came to visit her and said that he’d been learning about minestrone (like the soup.) That cracked everyone up. And your daughter was hilarious. I love that! Kids do say the funniest things and just out of the blue sometimes too.

      Love you lady. Have a great Memorial Day!

      • Thank you, and if you have video tape, (which I do lol) its good to show them and embarrass them . I had to take all our home movies and put them on CD and gave it to my husband for his 50th birthday . and we all sat around and watched, our kids were not too happy about things we captured on tape, in one video it is of my husband sharing a ham and cheese sandwich with his dad, and our son (shawn) said he doesn’t even like ham sandwich , but we have proof that you use to eat them. lol he didn’t like that, and another video is of our daughter(jessica) dancing and singing a song by KISS , how little and cute they were , now my son has a beard, and my daughter has changed her hair color so many times, im surprised it hasn’t fallen out!

  5. I loved this. Kids can say the funniest things. When my oldest, Victoria was 3 we lived on our feedlot in Dublin, Texas. One day I needed to talk to our lead cowboy about some paperwork I was doing. All the hands were at the squeeze shoot processing cattle at the sorting barn. As we are approaching the shoot Victoria see that each of two cowboys have an arm inside a h eifer up to their shoulders. Startled of course Victoria wants to know what they’re doing to that cow! I explain that she’s pregnant and something is wrong so they’re helping her have the baby. I tell her that sometimes when mommas are having babie and the momma is having problems the doctor has to help judt like this. Just like what happened when I had her. I told that hopefully when she has a baby her doctor won’t have to help her like that. Victoria puts her hands on her little butt and says, “not my butt, I’m not gonna have a baby!” The baby talk always comes earlier when you live around livestock.

  6. I loved this TV show, and kids do say the darnest things. And I am with Tonya, love when you put kids in your books.
    My father was a preacher, my brother at age four would sing Jesus Lives Me in Church to the tune of a commercial for Marboro cigarettes. The church members were horrified. My dad couldn’t figure out where he got it, as we.didn’t have a TV. Then realized he had watched TV at his grandma’s house. And had seen TV at several church members house.

  7. I waiting for some of the children in your different to grow up and have their own series!!

    • Hi Stephanie……Wow, thank you for coming! I love having you. Funny that you should say this. I do have plans to write a series about the Legend children. Plus the Boone twins who were in Houston’s book. Definitely one about Gracie. She stinker has to have her own book and that’s all there is to it.

      Love and hugs!

  8. Good post. I think children add much in a story. Even “Angel” in THE HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY has an important part. She may not be able to talk, but her reaction to other characters and how they respond to her tells much about the character of the others in the book. Henry was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to see him portrayed realistically and how the others reacted to and dealt with him. He is a member of a segment of society that is often ignored or ridiculed. He adds a different dynamic to the story.
    When our daughters were about 2 and 3 years old, we were visiting a large farm store that had a large plastic horse out front. It was an anatomically correct stallion. They both walked under it looking up at it. Our oldest asked “Daddy, what is that for?” At which point he turned beet read and didn’t know what to say. There were two little old ladies standing nearby who were quite amused by the situation. I finally said “That’s where they go to the bathroom.” OK and off they went. Too often we forget that a simple answer is all they really need. At that age, their world id quite simple. We are the ones who tend to over complicate things.

    • Good Morning, Pat……..I’m just really happy that you enjoyed The Heart of a Texas Cowboy so much. Yes, Gracie was a huge character and she couldn’t utter a word. She sure used that finger a lot though and sassed everyone and everything. I’ve been asked to give her a book of her own and at some point I have plans to. I want to write a series about the Legend children. Maybe I can make that happen.

      Loved your daughter’s question about the stallion! So funny. And your husband’s inability to answer was classic. Thank goodness you stepped in with a simple solution. That was great. I agree that kids just need something simple.

      Can’t wait to see you Saturday! McKinney Book Festival here we come!

  9. You should have added Houston’s response to Henry in the excerpt, as well as Henry’s to Houston. It tells a lot about Houston and Henry.
    I have always worked with children and love it. My last job as a children’s librarian was wonderful. I have always enjoyed working and being around children. The young ones especially are so fresh and open to new experiences and ideas. And, yes, I have heard lots of things from them. They repeat things we would be mortified to know. There were a few times I wasn’t sure whether or not to really believe them. When I was volunteering on my son’s class trip to the zoo, one kindergartener told me rather off-handedly that his mom shot his dad in the stomach and killed him. I figured he was telling tales for shock value, but no. The teacher confirmed that had indeed happened. That on sure beat “I saw my mom and dad wrestling in bed this morning.”

    • Pat, I did have much more to the exchange between Henry and Houston picked out but thought it made the post too long so I shortened it. I shed a lot of tears for Henry as I wrote. He really tugged at my heart. His struggle to fit in was really hard to write and the fact that he never would made me hurt even more for him. I’d hoped that I got him right, but I’ve never had to deal with anyone on a personal level like him. He’s such a sweet, loving boy. One of my trusted beta readers told me to write him out of the story and said that he dragged it down too much. Thankfully, I listened to my gut and left him in. Henry enriched the story and took it to a higher level.

      Wow, that kindergartner sure came out with a doozy! How sad that it really happened. But you never know what kids are going to say next.

      Love you, lady! Safe travels.