It truely was an "enchanted" evening- at least as much as a 21st century girl can hope for. The church was decorated beautifully- even with lamps and lights illumenating the outside entrance. We had a valet service, a real red carpet, sceanery, live Italian music, beautiful table decorations, and a one-man-show from one of the "Triple Expresso" members. Nearly all of my friends were there, accompanied by their wonderful dads-
And I, of course, was escorted by my dear father, who is the most wonderful man I know. (There's only one man that he'll ever relinquish that spot to, and God hasn't revealed that one yet.)
Plus, of course...as I said...this is one of the few nights of the year when I can wear a gorgeous dress and feel as though I'm really dressed properly. And I've found, over and over again, that at the end of these nights I'm always delaying taking my dress off.
Why? Why is it that some of us girls have this wiring in us that practically screams to wear long beautiful dresses? Why is it that we watch heroines like Elizabeth Bennet, Eowyn, Elizabeth Swann, and Padme Amidala and we find ourselves dying to wear clothing like theirs? Why is it that we find today's closest thing to a ball, the "Prom", so exciting? (Even though the dancing these days is hardly dancing at all.)
Ahha! The reflective thoughts are coming...here is a quote from one of my favorite books...
"If Fish likes you, let him do the work. You're doing too much for him. You always have." [Kateri] ran a hand through her tangled hair. "You're learning ballroom dancing with Paul too, right?"
"In that kind of dancing, does the woman dance forward or backwards?"
"When she goes backwards, what does the guy do?"
"He dances forward."
"Get the picture?"
"Yes," Rose said, suddenly ashamed. "Yes, I think so."
My point? Dancing says something about it's culture. In our 21st century culture, we hardly have any dances, and the ones we do have barely qualify for the name, since they're hardly more than swinging about in time to the music. In fact, the best part of dances these days are the dresses! And the dresses we wear today aren't even hardly anything compared to the dresses they used to have!
Historically, dances were social functions held on pretty regular basises in middle and upper class society. One of their main functions was to give young people a chance to meet each other- hopefully encouraging matches between compatable men and women. We have NOTHING to equal this these days! No wonder there are so many people waiting until they are 25, 26, 27 or even 30 to start their families! No wonder there are so many young ladies feeling unworthy because they've never had a male persuing them- because men are not taught to persue a young lady properly! I wonder if the fact that we don't do Kateri's type of dancing has anything to do with all this...
Plus, of course, if we still had dances regularily, I'd actually have a chance to wear a dress a lot. And that would be cool.