I overheard a couple shopping at the Rocky Mount Bulluck Warehouse Sale the other day. (I eavesdrop a lot, or as I prefer to think of it, pay attention to what people are saying around me.) They were buying furniture, and the husband joked that the purchase was the wife’s anniversary present. They will soon be married for 42 years.
“Tell him it’s for Valentine’s Day,” the sales clerk joked back.
“Oh, we’re too old for that,” the man said. “We don’t do that stuff anymore.”
I had to bite my tongue. Too old for Valentine’s Day? Never. I always use the holiday for a special meal, roses, and candy. Sometimes I even buy something for my husband.
See, I believe in romance. The old-fashioned kind, where the man woos the woman. You can find this type of romance on the sitcoms of yesteryear, still broadcast on MeTV. Programs like “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”
My most recent column talks about two episodes I saw recently, one from each show, that portray “a time when manners, chivalry, and propriety—along with feminine wiles—were considered to be part of a courtship.”
To read more about how the Cleavers viewed teenage dating or how some folks in Mayberry went about getting a wife, click here: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Patsy-Pridgen
Maybe you’ll remember these episodes—or the times they depict. Hope you had an old-fashioned romantic Valentine’s Day.