Twenty-seven years ago, when asked, "Do you take this man for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health - til death do you part?" my beautiful bride with the long, gorgeous red hair responded, "I will." And, well, look at that picture in the upper right corner ... she made me the happiest geek on the planet by seeing something beyond handsome, which I ain't necessarily got a lot of.
Here's to 27 more, Bonnie.
KIDS TALK ABOUT LOVE AND MARRIAGE
What exactly is marriage?
"Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don't have to give her back to her parents." (Eric, age 6)
How does a person decide whom to marry?
"My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do ... I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." (Carolyn, age 8)
What's the proper age to get married?
"Eighty-four, because at that old, you don't have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom." (Carolyn again, 8)
"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." (Bert, age 5)
How did your Mom and Dad meet?
"They were at a party at a friend's house. They went for a drive, but their car broke down ... it was a good thing, because it gave them a chance to find out about their values." (Lottie, age 9)
What do most people do on a date?
"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 okay to kiss someone?
"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a ring and her own VCR, 'cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding." (Allan, age 10)
What is falling in love like?
"Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." (Roger, age 9)
What role do good looks play in love?
"It isn't always just how you look. Look at me, I'm handsome like anything and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." (Gary, age 7)
"Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." (Christine, age 9)
What's a surefire way to make someone fall in love with you?
"Tell them you own a whole bunch of candy stores." (Del, age 6)
"Shake your hips and hope for the best." (Camille, age 9)
"Don't do things like have smelly green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." (Alonzo, age 9)
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