Yesterday afternoon while I was waiting outside Kanna’s school to pick him up I happened to witness an encounter of sorts. As I was pushing the stroller around to keep the baby stay asleep I heard a little voice saying, “Kiss me.” I looked up and saw two kids, a boy and a girl, no more than three-years-old, playing together in the sand. The girl is telling the boy to kiss her. At first, this sight made me smile. I thought that it was cute. But then the little girl kept on badgering the boy with the same question. The poor boy was playing deaf but the girl was relentless in her attempt. In between, she changed the question to “Will you marry me?” The boy nodded yes. Then the girl switched back to kiss me. This continued till the boy’s mother came and took him away.
Three-year-olds are innocent in their thoughts and words. Kids who don’t even understand the meaning of marriage is willing to take the chance. I agree, it was cute. But it stopped being cute for me when the girl kept asking the boy the same thing despite his lack of interest. No age is too early for kids to learn the boundaries, especially when other kids are involved. And yes, parents should take the time to educate both girls and boys that there is more to life than fairy tales and kisses.