Growing up with older siblings is quite the experience, especially when it comes to dating.
I have always watched in admiration and wonder when my older siblings dated, mostly because I'm not old enough to date yet. I have to admit I'm a little envious toward my sister who goes on about five dates every weekend. That may be a bit exaggerated, but it's close enough!
Part of the dating is the dances, too. I loved it when my brother went to a dance or when my sister goes to one. Everything about it just seems like so much fun -- the asking and trying to figure out who asked. The answer and trying to find a way to make it unique. The shopping for dresses or bowties and other dance accessories. The pictures and introduction to the family.
Only one thing seems curious, something I don't like or even understand why it exists: a day date.
You know, where you go on a date, all day long with the person you will go to the dance with all night long. Maybe it's an early-morning breakfast and a hike up a mountain trail, or hours of playing tennis and making homemade ice cream, but it's pretty much a whole day -- stuck with that one person. To me that does not seem like fun at all, just saying.
Everyone has their own opinion though, on what they think, and just like with any other type of debate I realize that there are both pros and cons to a day date. Today, we're taking a look at both sides.
On the upside
Here are five reasons why day dates are amazing and the way to go:
1 . With your dance group it's a party all day. You're with your friends and you can have a blast, just like any other kind of hangout.
2 . It could be a really fun date, one that lasted longer than others, but was well worth it. Especially if it's just one-on-one. Finding out all about a person can be a very interesting part of your date, and you could become better friends because of it.
3 . An easy way to just chill, and get ready to party it up later at the dance.
4 . It could be a cheap date, nothing extravagant or too over-the-top. For instance, it could be a simple game night where everyone brings their favorite board game and you all play.
5 . A day date is a whole day away from home, just with friends and off on a new "adventure." You could go hiking or take a trip to Antelope Island, anything that would always be memorable.
Not so great
Now let's look at four reasons why day dates may not be the thing to do.
1.They can tend to be pretty expensive. Especially before going to a dance, you also have to pay for the day date, pay for dinner, pay for the right dress attire, pay for photos, etc.
2. I don't know about you, but for me I would get tired really quickly. Date all day long, dance at night, after all that I would be dead beat for sure! Also, all those clothing changes would be a hassle. First dressing for your date during the day, then dressing for the dinner, and then even dressing/fixing yourself for the dance.
3. I could only assume that hanging out together all day could and would get just a little annoying, maybe not with your date, exactly, but with some of your friends. If you tend not to get along with them really well, for instance, I would think that it wouldn't be that much fun.
4. It could turn out to be a really lame experience, and not fun at all for you or your date. Maybe it was because the wait for food was too long, or one of you just weren't feeling well. Or you might be doing some kind of activity that just isn't your thing.
I'm not here to say which is better, that's all up to you. Just take into account all the factors so maybe you at least have the best time of your life on a day date -- or the worst. What do you choose?
Brynn Whaley is a sophomore at Syracuse High School. Email her at email@example.com.