It was a balmy evening in March. The tree branches waved in the breeze and ducks swam in the nearby pond. My little brother and I skipped stones on the water while my parents strolled along the winding path. “Kelsie,” my dad called, “we have something to show you.” Wonderingly, I untied the burgundy ribbon from the parchment paper scroll that he handed me and began to read. “Dear Kelsie…my purpose in writing you this letter is to see if you would be willing to begin a courtship relationship…”
I’ve asked a male or two this question in a over a dozen foreign countries: “What is the most valuable and attractive attribute a woman can have in your culture?” The answer has been consistent in every country, Happy, cheerful, fun, joyful, smiling, good attitude… etc.