Last weekend I had the always exciting duty of babysitting my niece and nephew, Gwenny (8) and Jonas (6). They are on a kick right now where they are constantly asking me when I’m going to get married and have kids (they think I’m an old maid already). When I tell them that a husband and kids won’t fit in my tiny San Francisco apartment, they don’t buy it. So the kids and I sat down over a cup of hot cocoa and discussed life’s most pressing love questions.
Natalie: What do you guys know about love?
Gwenny: It’s when a girl and a boy are dating and they do nice stuff for each other all the time.
Jonas: Um, it’s about kissing.
Natalie: How do you know when you’re in love?
Gwenny: You get chickenpox all over your body and butterflies in your tummy.
Gwenny: Oops, I mean goosebumps!
Natalie: Have you ever been in love?
Gwenny: One time, in kindergarten. But we’re not friends anymore.
Natalie: What should a boy do when he likes a girl?
Gwenny: He should buy her gifts, like chocolates and roses. Also, romantic stuff like a iPhone.
Natalie: What is the most important thing about a boyfriend or husband?
Gwenny: My mom says money, but I like a boy that’s cute, like a certain boy at my school.
(Side note: I can assure you my sister does not think money is most important)
Jonas: And he should have a good job.
Natalie: What kind of job?
Jonas: Anything but a garbage man!
Natalie: When should you tell each other “I love you”?
Gwenny: Like on your wedding day.
Natalie: How do you know when you meet the boy you’re going to marry?
Gwenny: I guess when he proposes. That’s when you know you’re supposed to get married to him.
Okay, so maybe it’s not the best advice after all.
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