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Marriage According to Kids
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Our own The Writing Forum member, Aleta Grimball, has changed her name to Aleta O'Brien. Married! And we are so proud of her. Father Ken, knowing that kids have unique ways of viewing things, gave the newlyweds these takes on marriage ...

You ought to read Aleta's wedding blog. It is linked below.

What Kids Think About Marriage
Compiled by Father Ken
For Greg and Aleta O'Brien, newlyweds

Alan, aged 10, was asked “How do you decide who to marry?” He answered:
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

Kristen, also aged 10, answered the question in this way:
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.

Derrick, aged 8, was asked “How can a stranger tell if two people are married?” He answered: You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

Anita, aged 9, was asked “Is it better to be single or married?” She answered:
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.

Kelvin, aged 8 was asked “How would the world be different if people didn't get married?” He answered: There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?

Father Ken continued with his homily: "All kidding aside, you see, different folks perceive marriage in different ways, don't they? You can get opinions and advice... But what is most important, Greg and Aleta, is not, of course, what others or you THINK marriage should be, but rather what you truly MAKE your marriage to be for each other. A successful marriage will ultimately be determined by what you are to and for each other.

But I beg license to share just a few pieces of guidance, that is, my own two cents...

The first bit of guidance is about the very reason that you have prepared for this wedding through the church, and why a priest is witnessing your vows. You make your vows this day in the presence of God and His church and you ask for God to bless your union... Know that this sacrament that you celebrate and that YOU effect today is a grace that God gives to you. The sign that we can all see are your vows to each other, but God is giving you grace for your marriage. And from this day forward, Greg and Aleta, you will be the sign of that grace for each other.

Second, Marraige is not 50-50. A good marriage must be 100-100! Give all of yourself to it.

Last, Love each other more than yesterday, and less than tomorrow. And don't imagine another day of your life without the other in it!

Greg and Aleta, know that all of us here today congratulate you and we also offer you our love, prayers and support.

God bless you both and may He bless your union that you now make.


       Web Site: Aleta's Wedding Blog

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Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 1/25/2009
I love children's answers to such serious questions. They reflect the moral tone of of our soceity in truer words than can be found any where else. Years ago, I frequently heard: A good marriage is when at times one partner gives 100% and other time the other partner gives 100%. A cute post.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/25/2009
From the mouth of Babes you get honesty, if we could see the world through their eyes. Thank you for sharing Ted.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/25/2009
love this!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/25/2009
What Bill Cosby said, "children say darn things that are wiser than any adult can come with"


Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/25/2009
OH the Kids remarks were priceless...LOL Marriage is hard we need to work hard to bring respect back to its name...We say we respect it but so many don't...Thank you for this delightful write Ted as always. Love and hugs, Bonnie

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