Kids' Ideas About Love

Jangan heran kalau tiba-tiba aku posting banyak di hari Sabtu. Sesuatu yang tidak kulakukan biasanya. Anak-anak masih berlibur di rumah sepupunya. Si bungsu tidur. Dan kutemukan situs ini yang benar-benar menggelitik. Kok terpikir ya menanyai anak-anak dan mengumpulkan jawaban mereka. Aku jadi terinspirasi. Biasanya, kalau aku perlu pendapat anak-anak tentang satu hal untuk bahan tulisanku, kutanyakan saja pada anak-anak terdekat, anak-anakku sendiri dan teman-teman mereka. Kupikir lain kali, ada baiknya aku mengumpulkan pendapat anak lebih luas, satu SD barangkali. 

Pendapat anak-anak (AS) di bawah ini tentang cinta dan pernikahan tidak kuterjemahkan. Lebih baik kusajikan aslinya agar gaya bahasa dan budaya mereka lebih jelas tergambarkan. Sebagian polos, sebagian lagi... begitulah. Jadi penasaran untuk menanyakan hal yang sama kepada anak-anak Indonesia. Ada yang mau menanyakannya pada anak-anak sendiri dan sharing jawaban mereka di sini? (hehehe, siap-siaplah untuk terkejut)

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Kids, aged 5 to 10, were asked questions about what they thought of love and marriage. Here's what they said.
 
"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7

"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." -- John, age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." -- Mae, age 9

"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." -- Greg, age 8

"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." -- Tom, age 5

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." -- Mike, 10

"I'm in favor of love as long as it doesn't happen when Dinosaurs is on television." -- Jill, age 6

"One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." -- Andrew, age 6

"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

"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." -- Kenny, age 7

"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." -- Ava, age 8

"When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'" -- Anita, 9

"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." -- Regina, age 10

"Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one." -- Angie, age 10

"A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together." -- Marlon, age 10

"[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I'd figure something out. I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing." -- Kirsten, age 10

"Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime." -- Floyd, age 9
 

"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." -- Dave, age 8

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