Practicing abstinence, bride and groom have never kissed
The "no-kissing" rule came up as a way to prevent things from getting out of hand. You see, Fabien and LaLuz both teach abstinence courses to Chicago Public Schools teens. And they say they practice what they preach.
To avoid temptation while dating, they made sure they were never alone with each other in a house. When they watched movies on the couch, they snuggled sitting straight up, never lying down.
"It really tested us and encouraged us to grow closer in our hearts and our minds, just expressing things verbally," Fabien said.
Despite abstaining, they have no anxieties about their upcoming Bahamas honeymoon.
Yes, they've heard "test drive the car before you buy," but LaLuz has her own analogy.
"You can't take the car out of the parking lot until you pay for it," she said.
Some people have commented that this story is weird but I think it's sweetly old-fashioned, something that is not practiced enough. Perhaps I do not have the shock-factor because I recently watched the show on TLC about the Duggar's, the family with 17 kids who's oldest recently got married and shared the same dating values. He gave a touching analogy about the difference between dating and courting and why he chooses not to kiss before marriage. He said that when you date a lot, you give pieces of your heart away to each person. Later when you find The One, you have a tattered bit of heart left give them and all you can say is, "Well, this is what I have left to give you."
One person comment on the Boze blog about TMI or too much information about this couple's first kiss. I so humbly replied saying how it's a nice change to hear about a couple who's waited till marriage rather than *yawn* another knocked-up unwed mother. Our culture has made perverted acts acceptable (a la Sex & the City) yet makes conservative acts such as this be the perverted and "weird" ones.
What has our culture become? What will become of us?