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burls33982ERIN (10): When I get married, I want to marry somebody just like you.

DAD: Like me? Aw, what a sweet thing to say, B. And why is that?

ERIN: Because of the way you care so much about Mom. It’s totally obvious how much you love her. I want somebody to treat me just like that.

[DAD makes mental note to blog about this.]

DAD: Well you deserve it, B. Don’t settle for anything less.

DELANEY (7): And I want to marry somebody who believes in God.

DAD: Really? How come?

DELANEY: ‘Cause then we can talk about how we believe different things, and we’ll always have interesting things to talk about.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.