1910 s dating and courtship
Don’t get me wrong, I love my boys with all my heart (all 6 of them), but there is something very special about my daughters that delights me like nothing else.
Their smile, their sweet innocence (relatively speaking), their desire to please me in most things that they do.
As if the Word is silent on the subject and all we can do is hope for the best. For our youth, dating and the opposite sex is a huge part of their life no matter what we as parents would like to think. Only a few generations ago dating was almost unheard of in North America. Rothman, a secular humanist in her thesis, ‘Intimate acquaintance’: courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900: A Finding Aid, writes, A first-class revolt against the accepted American order took place among American youth in the 1920’s.
In 1900, middle-class courtship was more carefully supervised; by 1930, the supervision and formality had given way, like a poorly designed dam, and many of the familiar landmarks were swept aside.. ”, would be only a of the bombardment of questions asked of the boy. All relationships in the home should pass through the covenant head as the gate keeper of the family.
Only after repeated attempts, and many visits, would he even consider this proposal. to find out that one of their children has a boyfriend or girlfriend (usually over dinner or on the way out the door).
Somehow, over the years, we have adopted the world’s mentality that dating is simply a part of growing up, and hopefully we have taught our young people enough of the Bible to govern their actions. Obviously if we let them out that door, we have failed them and our Lord on a rather large scale.
It’s not much different from finding the right pair of shoes.
At least you can have some fun along the way, or so it goes.