“Mommy, did you know that when boys and girls kiss, they’re already married?”

“No, that’s not what it means.”

Although I’d prefer not to explain kissing as a commitment-free luxury of certain relationships.

“What does it mean, then?”

“You can kiss someone without marrying them.  But if you marry someone, it means you want to live the rest of your life with them.”

“So, married means you don’t give up on them?”

That’s kind of a beautiful definition.

“Yes, buddy.  It does.”

“Mommy, you didn’t give up on daddy, right?”

“Right, kiddo.”

“He just died before the rest of your life.”

It’s Christmas time, so many of our conversations seem to circle to the same topic.

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