Teenagers and dating history
Courting was rooted in the era of arranged marriages, though the couple and their feelings often played an important role.
Still, families often met to discuss how this marriage would benefit not only the bride and groom, but the respective clans.
Often following the betrothal were a few weeks to a few years of courting or dating.
In some cases, however, the first meeting of the couple might be the very day of the wedding.
Imagine a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy sitting down to discuss their marriage plans.Laughable perhaps, but several hundred years ago that was a common reality.The dating process of today is different in structure and purpose than it was in the era when “courting” was the operative word.He raps on the door, squares his shoulders and runs through the words of his speech.The door opens and he is ushered into a large, well-furnished room.