Talk about young love! A 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy in Syria are engaged, according MSNBC.com, which cites The United Arab Emirates-based Gulf News.
It was apparently love at first sight when the boy, Khalid “fell in love” with little Hala during a family trip to a seaside town, Juma, his father told Gulf News.
“My wife and I got Khalid after 20 years of marriage, in a complicated pregnancy,” the boy’s dad Juma told the newspaper. “I vowed to have my child engaged at the age of five if he was a boy and to marry him to a woman of his choice at the age of 15.”
Juma (who didn’t reveal his last name) said that his son was so lovestruck that he didn’t want to return to his nursery school without Hala.
“Khalid told me and his mother that he would like to have stayed with Hala or bring her home,” Juma said.
Khalid’s parents then discussed the matter with Hala’s mother and learned she had a similar reaction.
“She said her daughter had developed similar symptoms of loneliness and the family would be happy to see them engaged,” said Juma, who said that the children had exchanged rings.
I was happy to read that they are open to the fact that these kids might not feel the same way about each other when they get older.
“We know that Khalid or Hala might change their mind in the future, but what we do know at this stage is that they are very happy and talk to each other everyday,” he added, saying that their son will wait until he turns 15 before marrying.
Without knowing the details of the situation, it’s easy to be alarmed by the idea of marrying off two young children. In some ways, the agreement isn’t so difference than an arranged marriage.
While arranged marriage is generally on the decline, it still remains a common practice in many parts of the Middle East, Africa, India and east Asia.
As long as they continue to have the same feelings about each other when they get older, I wish Hala and Khalid a happy life together!
Photo: flickr/dirk huijssoon (Note: The photo is not of Hala and Khalid).