My first lesson to teach was today. On Dating Decisions. Great...... I wasn't too excited about it, but I decided that it couldn't be that bad. Right? Well... kind of right.
I started by asking them if they had set any dating standards yet, since most of them are 15. And I got some basic answers and I gave some basic explanations. One of the other leaders in the class said that you needed to decide what your physical intimacy limitations were. Like, holding hands, kissing, no making out, no parking. And one of the girls asked what parking was... great....
"It's when a boy takes you somewhere where you are alone and then usually tries to pull moves."
One of the girls says, "Oh yeah, like there is anywhere to park around here."
Oh us leaders (weird weird weird to have just said that! I feel so old) laughed and told them there were PLENTY of places to park. Anywhere, especially since there are so many fields. Then one of the girls looks at me..
"Have you ever parked?"
Awkward...... "No." At least I tried to remember if I had. And I remembered this boy from Mexico that took me out on a date my freshman year in college. He asked if I had ever seen the view of Rexburg from up on the hill. I said, no. And then on the way up there I started to get really uncomfortable and realized what was going on. We parked and I pushed myself up against the passenger door as far away from him as possible and his wanton eyes, and said, "wow, yeah, this is really pretty.... Can you take me home? I have a lot of homework to do" (thank HEAVENS for that excuse, because, really, who doesn't have tons of homework ALL the time?)
He took me home, I was glad because he was starting to talk about how his family owns a pharmacy company in Mexico and how useful I could be in that business (because I was majoring in Health Science). Ehhh, creepy! I met this guy while I was stretching in the gym. Weird, huh. He asked me on a date then. And then took me to Ramierez, anyone who knows what that is will laugh. On a date.... to a fast food Mexican place- probably to set the mood.
And so I was glad, that I hadn't really ever parked so when I told the girls no, I was telling the truth. I almost want to teach them that.
"Girls, when you are tempted or in a bad situation, think about how you could be teaching a Young Womens class someday and then how one of your girls will ask you if you've ever done what it is your about to do." Yeah... that'll put their chastity belts right back on.