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Old 06-04-2019, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Australia
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My grandparents met when my grandfather was being a substitute for my grandmother's class. She was a senior, and he asked her out (I think she was 17 and he was 22). She said no. Looking at photos, she was a knock out and he was a huge geek. But he asked her out over and over until she said "Mr x, if I say yes for one date, will you leave me alone after that?". He said yes. They dated and married not too long later. I guess she fell for him. They stayed married forever (60 years?).

What is so funny is that they told the story with much love. Now a days, it would be seriously illegal. At least he would lose his job. And she could sue. It would be a huge scandal. But in their day it was a love story, I guess.

I am not saying it was ok for my grandfather to do that. In fact, I think it was wrong. But it was "normal" back then I think. I feel bad for women back then. Having to stay sweet while men in authority pursued them relentlessly.

On the other hand...my grandfather treated my grandmother like a queen every single day of their marriage until he died.
My former boss would tell how when he was first teaching in the 1960s, in the country here in Australia, it was very common for new male teachers in a country town to date the older students. And that the locals regarded it as a good thing.

Yes now completely illegal here too. And of course now everyone seems to meet online. There will be no cute stories to tell and as every one here marries so late, probably not too many diamond or even golden anniversaries.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My former boss would tell how when he was first teaching in the 1960s, in the country here in Australia, it was very common for new male teachers in a country town to date the older students. And that the locals regarded it as a good thing.

Yes now completely illegal here too. And of course now everyone seems to meet online. There will be no cute stories to tell and as every one here marries so late, probably not too many diamond or even golden anniversaries.
As people are in general living longer, there may still be lots of goldens. My daughters were 28 and 30 when they got married; lots of people live into their late 70s/early 80s these days.

We once had a pastor at our church who dated, later married a parishoner. This is now strongly discouraged as well these days.
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