My son came home from school one day and told me they had debated ‘arranged marriage’ during their English lesson. I asked him which side of the debate he’d been on, for or against, he was ‘for’.
Interesting, I was sure he was going to tell me he was against it!
Then he explained how NOBODY in his class wanted to be on the ‘for’ side so the teacher had basically split the class in two and they debated for the side she put them in.
So what were your main points supporting arranged marriage then? I asked him.
I didn’t have any! I couldn’t think of anything so I just did the writing for the group while they came up with the arguments!
So like him to get out of a tricky situation!
And what’s your opinion now after the debate?
It’s stupid! I would never let you or dad pick who I’m gonna marry! He said disgustedly.
I couldn’t help but laugh at him.
I tried to explain that nowadays the idea of arranged marriage still exists but things have evolved. No longer are couples introduced and told “that’s who you’re going to marry.” Now, couples get introduced, get to know one another and then decide if they can build a future together.
So like a blind date then?
Yeah I guess that’s a good way to describe it
I went on to mention some of the couples in our family who were ‘set up’ and have good, strong relationships.
So what do you think about it now?
Nah! I’ll still find my own girl thanx!
He shot back as he made a quick exit.
I was just trying to educate him. I wasn’t trying to fix him up – he’s only 12!