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Dating - Not What It Used To Be
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Dating  -  Not What It Used To Be

While we are on the subject of comparing what 'used to be' to 'what is', I will discuss dating. What?!....When did we get on the subject of 'what used to be'? Well, I guess you neglected to read my last article...'Back When'. So....go ahead....read it. I'll wait........

OK....Now that we are on the same page (a little play on words....sorry), let's continue. It used to be....

....When you were, say, 10 - 11 years old, and you liked a girl, and wanted to be with her, you made SURE that your friends didn't know. That would automatically label you a sissy. I mean, after all, what 'manly' guy hangs around with 'girls'. The norm now? If you're 10-11 years old, and you have 'only' one girlfriend, then your friends would have doubts about your manhood. (you just have to make sure the girls don't know each other) It used to be....

....when you were 10-11 years old, and 'your girl' would walk with you, holding your hand, well....Boy, I'll tell you....THAT was something to brag about! (if only you could tell your friends) The norm now? Go ahead! Brag to your friends that you held a girls hand. Just try not to look serious when you say it. And, be patient with the sarcastic laughter and snide remarks. (and don't be surprised that they stop hanging around with you) What used to be....

....If you wanted to see your girlfriend, you would knock on her door, heart pounding. Why? Because, you knew who would OPEN that door....her MOM! OK....here we go....the dreaded 'third degree'. You would attempt to sheepishly ask if her daughter could come out and talk with you.....that is, if you could get a word in. I mean, 'Why would her daughter want to come out and talk to a bum like me'? (good question....mothers are SO smart) I promise you....you will NEVER be good enough in her mother's eyes.

So, what is the norm now? Well, you could talk to your girlfriend (one of them, that is) until all hours of the night. Face to face....sort of. I mean, that's what iPads are for. Right? Who needs to worry about MOM. What used to be....

....Your 10-11 years old, and you wanted to go on a date with your girlfriend, you would simply meet her at the neighborhood movie theater. Sit next to her, hold her hand......What is the movie about?....Who cares! You're in seventh heaven! (of course, you had to make sure none of your friends came to see the same movie....that would take a LOT of explaining)

So, what is the norm today? If your 10-11 years old, AND you get her parents approval (that 'third degree' thing again), AND you make it to the theater....well, you don't have to worry about friends. Or, holding hands, for that matter. Not with MOM sitting BETWEEN you and your girlfriend! (now THAT I approve of)

Yes.... times have sure changed in the pre-teen dating world. Now....teenagers? Well, I have a 15 year old daughter. I checked to see if Mr. T was available (I'm showing my age a bit). He wasn't. So I am looking into alternatives. My daughter doesn't want to take karate lessons, and she refuses to wear the medieval body armor I bought....doesn't look 'cool'. (what was I thinking) I'll keep looking. Ah, dating....not what it USED to be, that's for sure!


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Vernon L  

Too funny! Where did you get the body armor from Peter? Seem like a good investment to me.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

I live in So. Calif......They have an attraction here called Medieval Times......you watch jousting matches while eating almost cooked chicken with your hands......I went through their trash.....so.............. :)

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  about 6 years ago
Vernon L  

Okaayyyy......

  
  about 6 years ago
Pat Cook  

You are right on, Peter. Dating has, indeed, changed in the half century since I started dating. I don't know how young men can even afford to date today. Movie prices are outrageous, and the cost of eating out isn't all that cheap, either. This week I bought my niece a mum to wear for homecoming. She doesn't have a boyfriend yet (thank goodness) but I wanted her to have a mum. I remember how much they meant to girls when I was in school. Well....that mum set me back over $60.....We used to get them for $5-$10 back when! Times are changing too fast!! Pat

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  about 6 years ago

Pat. Thank you for your reply. While the costs of EVERYTHING has risen a great deal since 'our' day, from what I understand the mum has also grown in proportion over the years. Some have lights on them. So, the cost you mention doesn't surprise me. I remember getting into the local movie theater for a quarter. 'Those were the days', as they say! Take care.

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  about 6 years ago
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