During the 18th and 19th centuries, when a young man courted a young lady, it was proper etiquette for the couple to visit in the parlor for the evening. The young lady’s father would light the candle and set the height of the flame above the spirals. When the flame burned down to the candleholder it was then time for the young man to leave.
If the young man showed some promise, the father would raise the candle to give the suitor more time with his daughter. If he was a man that did not meet expectations, the father lowered the candle and cut his time in half.
We bought our own ‘courting’ candle when our daughters hit puberty. Although we have not actually used it for this purpose, our views on dating-courtship-marriage are indeed very different from the world’s views. I won’t get into those views here on the blog but if you ever want to know you can email me.
Our firstborn brought her beau home to meet us this weekend. Was the candle set to burn for a LONG time or was it set to burn for a SHORT time? What did we think of the beau? Does he show promise? Is this a good match?
The following pictures will answer those questions:
They are MOST definitely twitterpaited!
And we MOST definitely approve!