So many loves start with a "hey." A tentative "hey." A hopeful "hey." And more often than ever that "hey" is not spoken, but sent through a text message.That first "hey," if all goes well, is returned; from there, the "hey" becomes a plan to get together. And then more plans, and then more plans, until making plans becomes redundant.
Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents or mentors, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.In October of 2009, Alice Zhao's boyfriend gave her a gift to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their first date: a Word document containing all of the text messages they'd exchanged during the previous year. This October, to commemorate their sixth year together, Zhao took that Word doc and expanded it.She took the texts from their first year together and then compared them to another set of data she'd gathered: texts from their sixth year—a year that saw the two transitioning from engaged to newlywed.When hearing the term, many have images of their grandparents being chaperoned by their parents with their special someone.In those days, courting was about getting to know your potential partner as much as possible in a safe, pure environment.