I’m old-fashioned. I like the idea of courtship, even with a modern twist or two, but something happened recently that made me think, “Forget courtship. Young people don’t even know how to date anymore!”
So what was it?
A teenage girl I know very well received a text from a boy the same age. It was the first time the boy ever contacted her. He asked her to be his girlfriend. Let’s break that down a bit…
- It was the first contact.
- He asked her to be his girlfriend.
- He did it via text. Let me repeat that one. He did it via text.
Lest you think I am too hard on the boy, I assure you I’m not. He gets a pass for two reasons. First, he’s a young man and likely prone to boneheaded decisions. Second, his actions are a function of the culture around him and how they do things today. That said, it caused me to reflect on how I can prepare my children appropriately.