Does anyone (especially alums of West Point High School) remember TWIRP week?
I haven’t thought about it in years until my classmate, Olivia, sent me a note yesterday relating a story that appeared in the Tuscaloosa newspaper. For those of you with NO memory, it was a week – we think in February – when the girls got to ask the boys out, carry their books, wash their cars etc.
Remember, this was the 1960s when no self respecting woman would call a boy, much less ask him for a date or open a door in his presence.
TWIRP stands for “the woman is required to pay.” That’s news to me. I thought it meant we needed to ask out our favorite “twerp”, as in some goofy guy. Not so.
As luck would have it, I was always between boyfriends during TWIRP week so I would take out the oldest friend I had of the male gender. He was also my neighbor and playmate since we were less than four feel tall. His name was Phil Dickerson and he would eventually meet his wife when he and I double dated with his fraternity brother and a “State girl.” She stole him from right under my nose! How’s that for being a twerp! But it’s okay. We remain good friends to this day and “Mo” as he refers to her was a great choice.
Anyway, in our research into this riveting piece of our past, we are wondering if the week culminated in the Powder Puff Football game which was played by the girls in our school. And was it around Valentines Day as we vaguely remember? Inquiring minds need to know.