There are certain games that remain constant through generations. Like patty cake, TV tag, kickball, cooties, etc. But now that our culture is evolving to become more accepting, risqué and individualistic, I can’t help but wonder if the more traditional games are still even present. One being, the K-I-S-S-I-N-G song we often sung to embarrass our friends whiled we played. In case you’ve forgotten, it goes as follows:
“Jordan and Dustin sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.”
Now as far as I know, this isn’t even the case anymore. It’s pretty obvious times are changing. Relationships are not as traditional as they once were. We can shrug the expectation once enforced by society. People are more free to choose their own path, whether it involves a partner, a child, or neither. When I was a young dashing school girl, I imagined to have my first child by now, but man oh my, would that be a nightmare. At this point, puppies sound like a better option.
So why sing a song that isn’t even relevant anymore? It’s time to switch it up. 50% of marriages end in divorce. Maybe it’s because of the kissing song. Not sure. But if kids are going to sing it, there should be at least 6 versions, maybe even one with several people sitting in a tree. The polygamous kids need a song to sing too you know. Heck, kids could already be singing, “David and Keith sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage if you live in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Washington, D.C.” I just hope after all these years of kissing, kids have gotten splinters in their butts and the sharp pain has caused them to look around and see a new reality.