Living many, many years gives me time to ponder many things. Like a young child, I have boldness to keep asking why.
1. Why does a blow to a man’s crotch provoke hilarious laughter? Just wondering.
2. Why must women flex one knee slightly when posing for a photo and men can stand straight and tall? What’s wrong with standing firmly on two feet?
3. Why, when athletes are asked to comment on a game, out comes mumbled syllables: “We didwhatwehadda do .... haddado ..... haddado ....”
4. Why does a teen shows obvious terror when a customer hands over a $20 bill and the charge is $13.62—and no computer?
5. Why do movie directors have the leading lady wear stiletto heels while fleeing from the villain over cobblestones while he is wearing hob-nailed boots?
6. Why are deaths of in-the-womb babies considered murder and killing of out-of-the-womb grownups in combat considered okay?
7. “Tell me a little bit about ....” releases a flood of words, as if a hydrant has broken. “Little bit” is no longer just a few words. Why?
8. Why has the word “sin” almost disappeared from our vocabulary? Instead I hear “Everyone makes mistakes,” “I goofed,” “I’m not perfect.”
9. I know that language changes. It’s a living thing, but the changes should make sense. Why is “Jane gave the balls to Betty and myself” acceptable in modern parlance? I won’t even mention the difference between “lie” and “lay.”
10. The ancient scribe of Proverbs wrote: “There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of man with a maiden.”
No one can trace exactly the eagle’s flight, the snake’s slithering, the ship’s path in the sea. But I think he was pondering a man’s courtship of a woman. Like the others, it can’t be described exactly.
Courtship is sometimes slow, but always wonderful, mysterious, and memorable. It can’t be replicated.
My question: Why has courtship disappeared from our society?