|Cara and I, circa 2005-ish, doing our little dance.|
Many people are aware that Mormons do not date until they are sixteen. What perhaps may be lesser known is that when we turn the magical age of fourteen, we are able to go to the teen dances held every few months.
As a fourteen year old, they are thrilling. Dancing? With BOYS? Touching?! Be still my beating heart!
I actually had a grand time at dances. Most people do, I think, until around the time they turn sixteen and they can actually go on dates. The first year of dances, I remember saying, "I don't get why when people turn sixteen they stop going to dances! I'm never going to miss ONE." Then you turn sixteen, and you realize that hanging out with all the fourteen year-olds isn't as much fun as you thought it would still be. Plus, most dances are more or less identical, and they get old. Very, very old.
In case you may not be Mormon and are curious about our crazy, cultish ways, here is what goes down at a Mormon dance:
What am I forgetting, guys? I know I'm leaving a bunch out. Really, though, despite all my gripes of terrible music and such, I had a lot of fun at those things. I'd never want to go again, but still.