Is romance in danger of complete extinction thanks to technology? Has the old fashioned fairytale of falling in love with a man or woman and living happily ever after, become as out of date as a scrunchy and a pair of shoulder pads? Oh hang on, apparently they’re back in…anyway you know what i mean…
Are future generations of grandchildren going to be robbed of those moments we all remember fondly growing up? You know those times when you’d stay over at the gran & pop’s, sit around the heater, dressed in your pyjamas’ & dressing gown, eating those special things that only nana can make? Date loaf with lots of margarine was mine, and my nana would always be reminding me to move away from the heater before my dressing gown melted onto me permanently.
On these special nights, would be when we all as grandkids, would learn the most about our grandparents. Where they grew up, what life was like when they were young, and of course at some point they would share their always wonderful, and always romantic stories of how they met each other.
You know the stories that would start with grandad’s face lighting up as he recalled that wonderful moment when they first met, “You know dear, you’re grandmother was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen! She was the spitting image of Lana Turner. The first time I saw her was at our local dance hall. I remember like it was yesterday, the band was playing Johnny Cash, as I spotted your gran across the room. My heart literally skipped a beat”
Fast forward back to 2008, and the it’s a whole different romantic ball game! These days, the dance hall has been replaced with nightclubs, the love letter has been replaced with a text message, and the courting process is almost non existent. Spotting your future wife, can be apparently as easy as logging on to Facebook or Myspace, RSVP.com, or even a chat room.
The way people are seeking out their future mate nowadays isn’t exactly the stuff that inspired movies such as My Fair Lady, Casablanca or Titanic. Classic films that showed love in all it’s old fashioned glory!
These pessimistic thoughts lead me to imagine with tongue in cheek, what sort of stories our future grandchildren may be told.
So, Grandad, how did you meet nana? (best to read the following in your best grandad voice!)
Well dear, I saw her picture on Facebook so I poked her, and she ended up poking me back!
I had a little read of her profile and it said that she was looking for ‘random play’, so I thought, that sounds like the girl for me.
She had some gorgeous photos of herself with friends out and about at the clubs, and the more I looked at them late at night, the more I started to fall for her.
That’s when I took it to the next level and I added her to my ‘hot friends’.
One day while I was online, I noticed that she’d updated her mood to ‘depressed’, so I realised this was my chance to be her Knight in shining armour – so I sent her some electronic flowers to cheer her up.
She really loved that, as she is allergic to real flowers and she finally agreed to a real life date.
9 Months later your mother was born, and from that day on, I knew your nana would be the last woman I would ever poke again.
Ahhhhh, what a beautiful story Grandpa! Not exactly the makings of Gone With The Wind is it?
Ok, that may be a very cynical prediction of the future, and realistically, with all the new additions to modern life that were never around when our grandparents were our age – computers, mobile phones, drugs, binge drinking, and all the rest, the best thing that we can hope for is that when we’re grandparents, that we can even remember who the love of our lives were, let alone how we met them!