Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2013

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell

Thursday is Valentine’s Day and each individual has his or her opinion as to what love is and how to show it. Gathered from a variety of sources, here is a a look at such a serious subject through the eyes of children.


• Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK. - Danny, age 7

•When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. - Billy, age 4

•Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday. - Noelle, age 7

• Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well. - Tommy, age 6

• Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day. - Mary Ann, age 4

• 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

• 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

•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

• My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night. - Clare, age 6

•Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross. - Mark, age 6

• Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other. - Karl, age 5

• If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful. - Anita C., age 8

• When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you. - Karen, age 7

• Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired. - Terri, age 4

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

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

• It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are -- on fire. - Christine, age 9

• 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


• When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down, and they don’t get up for at least an hour. - Wendy, age 8

• If it’s your mother, you can kiss her anytime. But if it’s a new person, you have to ask permission. - Roger, age 6

• The rules goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry her and have kids with her. It’s the right thing to do. - Howard, age 8

• I know one reason kissing was created. It makes you feel warm all over, and they didn’t always have electric heat or fireplaces or even stoves in their houses. - Gina, age 8

• Yesterday I kissed a girl in a private place ... We were behind a tree. - Carey, age 7

• You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, ‘cause she’ll want to have videos of the wedding. - Jim, age 10

• The law says you have to be 18, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. - Curt, age 7


• Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents! - Eric, age 6

• It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them! - Anita, age 9

• Twenty-three is the best age (to get married) because you know the person FOREVER by then. - Camille, age 10

• 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

• Married people usually look happy to talk to other people. - Eddie, age 6

• 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

• 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


• Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work. - Dick, age 7

• Don’t say you love somebody and then change your mind. Love isn’t like picking what movie you want to watch. - Natalie, age 9

• Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash. - Erin, age 8

• Sensitivity don’t hurt. - Robbie, age 8

• Don’t forget your wife’s name. That will mess up the love. - Erin, age 8