All the guys in her church were apparently still waiting for the divine signal to initiate courtship (an idea that she had never really taken to), but there were dating websites, and there was the occasional colleague or friend of a friend.

Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.

Refreshments were often served (though not always), and the entertainment was primarily piano playing in the parlor.

But because the lower classes were not so well-endowed so that they own pianos or even parlors, they started their own form of "courtship" which soon became known as dating.

Both sexes become accustomed to the other at early ages which is very conducive to the practice of dating (Merrill 61).

Dating essentially replaced the practice of calling which was the primary way of courtship before the mid-1920's.

Once there was a good Christian girl who dreamed of growing up, getting married, and having children.

She read all the right books and did all the right things.

When a man "calls" upon a woman, he usually shows up at her house during an "at home" session and presents his card to the maid who then gives it to the young lady.

She then is given the option of accepting his call by letting him in or rejecting it by making up an excuse as to why she cannot see him.

Just as she was getting old enough to start dating, however, she noticed something.

Some of the popular Christian books were talking about not dating at all, and just being friends, until God had made it clear that the guy she liked was the right one for her.

Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.