I was at a young person's birthday party last month, and noticed that as the dancing started, there was a distinct separation of the sexes.
The girls congregated in a large mass at the top of the hall, and the boys huddled together at the other end. I was bemused to see lost expressions on the lads' faces as the girls appeared detached from what was a pleasant ritual for me and my contemporaries.
The dance was the ideal ice-breaker back then. Perhaps this is why so much alcohol is now being consumed. Romance is always thrilling when one is young, and feigning disinterest is just stupid.
Some of the stuff we old fogies experienced at dances are lovely memories, not to mention the encouragement of a "clinger" with a beautiful girl gave to us hopeful lads.
Bantry, Co Cork