We were out to dinner the other night with our son. He’s the assistant coach for a couple of 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams and the season just ended, so he and the head coach were having a final get-together with the teams. Apparently our son gave the kids a rule for dating. A rule they did not appreciate.
“You can never date someone younger than half your age plus seven.”
Let’s do the math. That means no dating until you turn 14, and then only dating someone exactly your age because if you tried to date a 15 year old you’d be too young for them: half 15 is 7.5; then you add seven to get 14.5 which is older than someone who just turned 14; which means – by this formula – that the 14 year old is too young for the 15 year old to date. That’s why no one can couple up until both kids are 14 – the rule has to work out for both people.
Since some of the kids are not yet 14, they thought this rule unfair. As a parent of kids who used to be that age, I’d try to find a formula that kept them from dating until they’re 30.
Anyway, the part that really got me was when I decided to do the math for my father, who has been a widower since 1974. He’s 89, so half that is 44.5 and when you add seven you get 51.5. My dad can date someone almost two full years younger than I.
I don’t think I’ll tell my dad about this formula.