Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 29, 2014
Teens today could learn a lot about romance from ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Picture this: It’s late at night and you just got home from a date. You’re sitting in your bedroom deciding whether or not you’re tired, when something hits the window.

You hurry to it and see a boy standing outside, holding a boom box over his head, playing some song that you love. Yes, it sounds cheesy, but whatever happened to these cute and crazy romantic gestures?

I watch all the cute things people do in movies and wonder, whatever happened? Today, you get two teenagers who text each other and then they become a couple. It’s as easy as that, with little to no emotion, and no attachment. Then they wonder why the relationship doesn’t last. But what should they expect when they don’t even talk to each other in person? True, it’s a lot easier to be open with someone when you are not face to face. The problem is however, that approach is not healthy.

Guys get confused because they will try some cute gesture to get a girl’s attention, like a pick-up line, and get rejected. I can’t really blame guys for not trying any more after that happens. What guys don’t know is that teenage girls secretly turn into gooey mush when something like that happens.

There is a reason why teenage girls watch the same chick flicks today that they watched in 1980. I will let you in on a little secret: They still love those crazy romantic gestures. It doesn’t matter if we are in 1950 or 2050, we will still always love pick-up lines and wearing the boy’s jacket or having guys sing to us.

If you traveled through the hallways of any high school, I think you would get a good laugh at it. While the teens try to play it cool, we all know that the guys are imagining riding off with the girls into the sunset and the girls are internally sighing, wishing a guy would do something spontaneous for them. It’s especially easy to tell when girls watch movies and you get that collective, “Ahhhh!” when the main male character does something cute.

I think we should bring back all those romantic gestures. Think about it. Don’t you remember how you felt when you went on a date with someone and they did something sweet and you could’ve sworn the stars were brighter that night? No matter what age you are, you will never get too old to feel in love.

Even though we are just teenagers, there is something hundreds of years old at play. I think we refer to it as Cupid. It just makes me wonder why kids my age never do anything anymore. You can look at a teen and practically see the love oozing out of them when they see their crush, but you die a little inside because they just sit there and watch them walk by, doing absolutely nothing. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are all screaming on the inside, “Just go for it! Do something!”

The sad part is what happens next. We either never say anything, or we text them and say, “Hi, I like you,” which completely ruins the mood.

I wish that we could go back to the days where life was like a chick flick. Boys held boom boxes over their heads or rode off into the sunset on the back of a lawnmower. It sounds so cheesy, but I think we can all admit that we were grinning from ear to ear because they got each other. I think it’s funny because teenagers now just don’t get why Romeo and Juliet were so “crazy.” Personally, I believe that they had everything right. They may have died in the end, but at least they were with their true love. Teens nowadays just let their love walk right by them and life goes on. It makes for a really boring love story.

I think that teens today could learn a little from the classic 80s movies or “Romeo and Juliet” or even “Grease.” They may seem crazy to us today, but I think we can all agree that these love experts got something right.


Peatross will be a junior at Tooele High School this fall.

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