I had to pick up my little Nicolas from school early the other day, and when I went out to the playground to get him, I found him playing with a little girl. There's nothing unusual about that, although they seemed to be playing an odd game: the girl was standing on a platform, and Nico was crawling around on the ground at her feet. So I asked Nico what they were playing.
Nico replied: "We're playing shark. I'm the shark, and if she falls in the water, I'm going to eat her."
Then I asked the girl what they were playing, and she replied (in French): "Nico's my boyfriend and we're going to get married."
Thus we see the Mars-and-Venus relationship model in its most rudimentary form. ;-)
I was kind of surprised by it, though. Sure I remember picking boys to be my boyfriend when I was in Kindergarten and earlier (the girl is probably four or five years old). But since leaving the church, I'd always thought that was some sort of weirdo Mormon thing to encourage little girls from the cradle to start looking at little boys as potential husbands.
Maybe it is a weirdo Mormon thing, but not exclusively a Mormon thing...? Opinions?