On Saturday, I walked around parts of SFO with my friends. We went to the palace of fine arts and saw what we thought were multiple weddings happening in the open ground. We were very surprised and wondered if there was some auspicious occasion or some funky date (given it was not India) that drove couples to tie the knot that day. A part of us was also excited to watch all the beautifully dressed people. They were just so lost in themselves.
We had to leave to go to another part of town and a good Samaritan offered to show us the way. I asked him what the occasion was for so many people to be at the palace and he said it was prom day. We were so surprised. Those were high school kids! They were so confident and self assured. They dressed so well and had professional photographers shooting their big day.
While a small part of me wanted to judge all this and call it materialism, another part was really glad to see the joy that only youth gives you.