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These Kids Know More About Love Than Most Adults

Culture

These Kids Know More About Love Than Most Adults

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Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone and many of us are none the wiser when it comes to the meaning of love… aside from these children who seem to have it all figured out.

Jimmy Kimmel (or rather a woman who works for Jimmy Kimmel) took to the streets to ask a handful of adorable children what they thought love means, and in addition to being downright adorable, it proved that children seem to have a firmer grasp on the notion than many adult humans.

My friends and I spent Valentine’s Day getting trashed at a local dive bar. Some paired off to go home and bone at last call, as 20-something New Yorkers are wan to do. Lately I’ve been witnessing these mad scrambles that occur between 3 and 4am, in which people who have known one another for years and expressed no previous interest in having sex have gone ahead and done it anyway just because they were both, you know, there.

Now I’m all for casual sex when the mood strikes, but this “love the one you’re with” mentality is a real bummer. Which is why it was sightly uplifting as well as majorly depressing that these kids, in addition to saying the darndest things, make some pretty salient points. They know it’s weird to be in love with a stuffed animal. They know that to pick up girls you go to a place where girls hang out, like a women’s casino (wait, does that exist?). One even likens being in love to “heaven.”

But what will these kids be like in their mid 20s, after they’ve been hardened by heartbreak and bad Tinder dates? Will they still be pining for the girl with the beautiful hair or will they just be trying to get some acquaintance drunk so they won’t have to sleep alone on Valentine’s day?

And then there’s that kid at the 3:00 mark who may or may not be my spirit animal.

One thing’s for sure: shoving a microphone in children’s faces and making them talk about adult stuff sure does make for good TV.