Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 17, 2012
True love can exist in the fabled halls of high school

When I was in the ninth grade, my mom and I were watching the news when some lady came on the screen and talked about some study on how people were more likely to find their true love in the springtime. I hardly remember any of the details, but I do remember them saying that the study applied to older people because high schoolers weren’t capable of being in love.

That’s stupid. Have you ever heard of Sleeping Beauty? If teenagers weren’t capable of true love, Princess Aurora and her entire kingdom would still be sleeping.

Once upon a time, King Stefan and his wife threw a party to celebrate the birth of their daughter, the lovely Princess Aurora. At the party, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent. Maleficent proclaimed that before Aurora reached her 16th birthday she would die by a poisoned spinning-wheel. The good fairy Merryweather tried to undo the damage. She altered the curse so the princess would fall into an ageless sleep rather than dying, and the only way she could be awakened from the sleep was with a kiss from her true love.

Aurora was just 16 years old when she met Prince Phillip. Later on — spoiler alert — Prince Phillip would become her one true love and save her and the entire kingdom with a kiss.

A lot of people tell high schoolers that they won’t find true love until they’re older. They say teenagers aren’t capable of knowing what true love is because their changing hormones are out of whack. They say it’s because teenagers are just finding out who they are. They say teens haven’t lived long enough even to know what love is.

In a lot of cases, teens probably won’t find their one true love in high school, but it’s not because they’re too young. I know teenagers are perfectly capable of finding true love.

Let me tell you another story. Once upon a time, Labor Day weekend of 1990, best friends Katie Day and Sarah Hyde had extra tickets to a BYU game. Sarah invited her boyfriend and he invited his friend, Josh Johnson.

“I was so mad they invited him,” said Katie. “I had always known who he was, and he was a geek. And he didn’t even know my name. He called me Kate. He’s the only one to ever call me Kate.”

Still, at the game the two talked and even flirted with each other. That same night, Josh and Katie ran into each other again at Delta High’s Hello Dance. “We were talking and some kid came up and asked her if she wanted to dance, but she said she was here with Josh, and she’s been here with me ever since,” said Josh.

Josh and Katie were married just two years later on Labor Day weekend.

Josh and Katie fell in love when they were in high school, and are still together. If they hadn’t fallen in true love, I wouldn’t have been born.

I could go on and tell you a thousand more stories about high school sweethearts who have been happily married for years and years, but I think you get the idea. If high schoolers weren’t capable of true love, I wouldn’t be here to disagree with those who say it just isn’t possible.

As for me finding true love in high school, well, we’ll just have to see.

Kristine Johnson is a junior at Tooele High School.

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