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While Editing "Broken Hearts"

My dad had his last heart operation in 2001. He was in CICU for eight days (which is a long time for that type thing). He'd just given me the shrunk, which I promptly put in storage. It was a sad and frightening period of my life, because his giving me this told me he didn't expect to live through the operation. I stayed by his side the entire time, working on editing a book -- written by children -- and put together by a doctor who specialized in child psychology.

I've posted this list in the past, but it's fun-worthy enough to post again. :) There were a lot of quotes about how the kids felt about divorce. Some heart-breaking, some optimistic, some insanely funny. But there was a bonus section about boys and girls, and how they felt about one another/opposite genders. These are actual quotes from those kids which I thought were funny/worthy enough to keep in the book. Plus, it was during my dad's last operation days, after struggling his entire life with a heart disease:

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Q. How do you decide who to marry?
A. "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." --Alan, age 10.
A2. "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." -- Kirsten, age 10.

Q. What is the right age to get married?
A. "Twenty-three is the best age, 'cause you know the person FOREVER by then." --Camille, age 10.
A2. "No age is good to get married at. You got to be a real fool to get married." -- Freddie, age 6.

Q. How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
A1. "Married people usually look happier to talk to other people." Eddie, age 6.
A2. "You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." -- Derrick, age 8.

Q. What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
A. "Both don't want no more kids." -- Lori, age 8.

Q. What do most people do on a date?
A1. "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." -- Lynette, age 8.
A2. "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.

Q. What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?
A. "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." -- Craig, age 9.

Q. When is it okay to kiss someone?
A. "When they're rich." Pam, age 7.
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Heh. :) Kidlettes.

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ayoub
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Kids are amazing!
none_too_subtle
Sep. 5th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Aren't they hilarious? LOL
writerwench
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I've seen this in email circulars. Great stuff! "On the first date, they just tell each other lies".... golly, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, eh!
none_too_subtle
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
You wouldn't see these in e-mail, since they're in his book. I've seen other funny kids' sayings, but these were from a specific book (hard-copy).
writerwench
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
That's odd.... I don't keep such things, but I've DEFINITELY seen the one about sports and chips and dip coming, and the telling each other lies on the first date, in an email circular, some time ago. Oh well. Maybe it was a test leak?
none_too_subtle
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
It sounds more like someone plagiarized it and ran. That's the only explanation for you seeing it anywhere other than the book. Of course, that's where most people steal their funny one-liner lists (from books). But I've never seen these outside of the draft copy of the book (which I still have, red-lined and all). It's entitled "Broken Hearts Healing", and it's a compilation of children of divorce writing poems and answering interview questions for the book.
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