“He loves me, he loves me not…”

Posted on December 13, 2011

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At a young age, most of us viewed love as something between a girl with a beautiful ball gown, and a man on horse back coming to rescue her from a bleak future.  We grow up learning from MTV, family (parents), and the ever so wonderful Disney princess movies about what love is supposed to be like.

There is a special art to falling in love.  You see, learning about love cannot come from a text book.  In fact, learning about love actually comes from falling in love, getting your heart broken, and then repeating the ritual all over again. Stinks, I know, but fortunately there is a place where we can get lots of practice.  This special art truly starts in the one place we all can relate to…high school.   However, the argument that has been debated over for years is whether or not love can actually be found in high school.

Young love

New teacher, Ms. Shouse, has been through high school and college.  She knows what it is like when people talk about love in high school.  “I think that it’s possible to find love in high school.  [However,] it is a different kind of love where the two people grow and evolve together as they get older or they grow into different people.  It’s alright to not end up with your high school sweetheart, because everyone changes from when they were in high school.  Growing up, going to college, and getting jobs opens people up to ideas and possibilities unknown to students in high school.”

So is love in high school real, or can someone argue that it is just “puppy love”?  Can Prince Charming really be found at sixteen or seventeen?

“I do believe that there is always a Prince Charming for a girl, you’re just going to have to kiss a few frogs to find the right one,” says senior Aimee Harp.

Ms. Shouse says, “I do not think that every girl has a Prince Charming.  Every situation is different and I think that it depends [on where you are] in your life.  Some girls, and boys, enjoy being with themselves and focusing on their careers.  To each their own!”

So what does this prove?  Is the idea of love distorted in high schoolers’ eyes?  Henry Ward Beecher, who was a theologist, says, “Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.”

Views on love will always be controversial.  Believing you are capable of falling in love is the first step.  When you know you have found Prince Charming or Cinderella, you’ll know you are in the right place.  Whether you find it in high school or later in life, it is there.  Are you willing to look for it, or will love find you when you least expect it?

 

Reported by Kylie Wright

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