June 7, 2013

Rome. October, 1980

I was wondering this morning if teenagers still use the term “going steady.” Or has that become passé, replaced with something more current of which I’m completely unaware? Do teenage boys give a ring to their steadies, rings which the young girls wear on chains around their necks? The rituals of my elementary and high-school years that seemed so important and weighty at the time. Do they still exist? I wonder if these Roman teenagers lined up on a school trip in the Piazza Navona even have words for such behaviors. Or do the Italians, with their characteristic combination of casualness and intensity, simply assume that “going” means “going steady”?

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