I notice that it has become the custom (at least in these parts) for engaged couples to place a photo of themselves in the local paper. In my day (a hundred or so years after the last dinosaur threw the sixes) only the womanâ€™s picture was placed in the local newspapers. The headline always read, â€œTroth Told,â€ as if that made any damned sense to anyone. I must confess that when I was very young (much too young to have been betrothed), I had thought that â€œTrothâ€ was a typo, and that the headline should have read â€œTruth Told,â€ not that that would have made any damned sense either.
Anyway, back to today.
The photos of the engaged couples are often informal and show the man and woman tastefully dressed and posed in such a way that makes it clear that they are romantically involved. However, the other day, I saw an engagement photo in which the man needed a shave and was wearing a baseball cap turned backwards. The woman was wearing a tee shirt and looked like she did her hair with an eggbeater. It was clear that this was not a candid photo, but rather was one that they (or someone else) paid a professional photographer to shoot in a studio. I can only assume that the couple thought they looked sharp. I thought they looked like slobs who lacked a basic understanding of the â€œtime and placeâ€ rule.
Then again, the troth is that maybe Iâ€™m just becoming an old fart.