Accompanying her to her door, he thanks her with a warm smile and departs.
This may be repeated on a regular basis, and could eventually lead to courtship and marriage as the two get to know one another through hours of conversation, spread over months.
In ancient times, weddings were based out of commodity, rather than desire or love.
In fact, the word "wedding" implies the security the groom's family provides to the family of the bride when the couple marries.
To older readers, the scenario above may have at least a vague, distant familiarity.
Of course, every individual relationship is different.
And unsurprisingly, many families don’t approve dating before college because they see it as a distraction from student responsibilities.
In fact, relationships are sometimes even prohibited by teachers or school principals in China, who need to make sure that their students stay on track.
Imagine a simpler time: A well-dressed single gentleman pulls up to the front of a single lady’s home in the early evening, steps out of his car, and approaches her front door.
The two of them were introduced to one another by a mutual friend at a social function some weeks prior. As she steps outside, he offers an umbrella to shield her from rain showers, walks with her to the passenger side of the car, and opens the door for her. The pair takes a scenic route to a special destination: a reserved table at an elegant restaurant.