The thing is, I was a late bloomer and had absolutely no interest in dating—what I knew of it, anyway, based on Molly Ringwald’s characters in John Hughes films like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. There was no way she was going to let me go to the movies with a man. Though I could barely admit that I “liked” guys, my days of blissful ignorance about the world of dating were about to be over. Ryan was only fourteen, but to my mom, he was a man. UNDERSTANDING TRUE LOVE quickly grabs the interest of teenagers and young adults.It is often used as an initial series for students 15 to 20 years of age.
Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo is a relationship and marriage expert/coach with over 20 years of experience with both single and married people.
I had told my mom that it would be just my girlfriends and me at the movies. There was no adjective in the world that would make my mom see past my geeky, lanky, pasty, computer nerd, Mormon classmate Ryan’s Y chromosome. She was going to remind me that we were Iranian Muslims, not Americans. He could’ve been eight or forty; it was all the same.
These lectures always reminded me of when she’d explained to me in kindergarten that Christians believed in Santa and got presents, and we didn’t . When I was in middle school, she didn’t approve of all the “men” exercising with me in gym class. I had a pretty good feminist rant stashed away that just might hit home: “Mom,” I’d begin, “you didn’t raise your eldest daughter to stay quiet and avoid making friends or talking to people because of creed or stature or even sex...” Wait, I can’t say “sex.” She’ll flip out.
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