[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Dating and Fun
Susie placed the receiver on the hook and exclaimed with joy, “Mother I have a date for the Gold and Green ball!” She jubilantly rushed into the kitchen to tell her mother that a boy she had met at school and who lived in an adjoining ward had asked her to go to this big event. Susie, who was sixteen, had never attended a party in a formal dress and now here was her golden opportunity. Her mother related that she was twenty-one before she wore a long dress to a party, and conveyed to her daughter enthusiasm for the coming event. Within the next week Susie and her mother spent two afternoons shopping and finally selected a beautiful taffeta gown of turquoise blue. Susie looked radiant in it.
On the evening of the ball, Susie bathed and spent about an hour preparing and primping herself to look her best. Jim, her date, called for her in his dad’s car about half an hour late–very typical–and another young couple occupied the back seat. When she was seated comfortably he handed her a box which contained a fragrant, brilliantly white gardenia. Susie was thrilled through and through. They soon arrived at the party, traded several dances and had a wonderful time. Everyone looked prim and dressed up and seemed to enjoy the dances, the floor show and the coronation of the queens. After the dance, the two couples went to a drive-in and ate hamburgers. They rode around for a short time and then Jim took Susie to her home. As she tiptoed to her bedroom she passed by the door of her mother’s room. The mother quietly asked, “Did you have a good time?” Susie answered quickly and enthusiastically, “Oh, mother, I had a wonderful time. Gee, it was so much fun!”
1. Why was this date so much fun for Susie?
2. Does the Church provide too few or too many chances for wholesome fun on dates?