Catholic High School For Girls - Silver Sands Yearbook (Philadelphia, PA)

 - Class of 1949

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Now It Is SPRING JANIE ALLEN sank with a sigh into a large, comfortable chair in the living room. She looked about her at the room which was so tastefully furnished and which so well revealed her personality. Janie was very happy today. Indeed, most of her life had been spent in being happy and con- tented. At twenty-six she was a suc- cessful career woman and a good deal more besides. Now, in the midst of her spring house cleaning, she paused for a few moments to rest, and only half realizing what she was doing, be- gan to muse over the past few years which she laughingly referred to as the "green years." It was funny, she thought, that once she had met Jack Richards her whole life seemed to have changed. She had been introduced to him at a party and had liked him immediately. He was rather handsome in that he was the type of boy usually depicted as the "Regular American Youth." He had called her the following week and ask- ed for a date, and Janie had accepted with well concealed enthusiasm. The night had been such fun that it had been hard to conceal her pleas- ure when he had asked her to go out with him the following week. It was By Joan M. Donohue, '49 on this date that she had discovered something that faintly disturbed her -Jack was not a Catholic. Still, she reasoned, I don't intend to marry him so it won't cause any harm to go out with him occasionally. She was still more disturbed, however, when she found that it had become increasingly difficult to refuse dates with Jack. "I'11 have to stop going with him," she had promised herself determinedly. But this was one promise, she realized later, she had not kept. p Janie had continued her dates with Jack and exactly eight months after she had met shim, he proposed. His words filled her with a slow surprise as she realized with something akin to awe that she had loved him for some time. Some weeks later Janie had under- taken to explain to Jack the more im- portant Catholic teachings concerning marriage. He had looked faintly puzzled, she remembered, but had agreed to see the parish priest with her the following night. Jack had acknowledged her introduction and Father Malloy began at once to explain the duties of a non-Catholic in a marrage sanctified by God. Jack had

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nodded agreement to the priest's words until Father had explained that any children must be reared in the Catholic Faith and that Jack must promise not to interfere in any way. Janie still remembered the feeling of terror that had swept through her as she had watched the expression on Jack's face. It was one that showed total disbelief in the words that the priest was speaking. She could laugh now at the way Jack had jumped from his chair. He had leaned on the desk and said, "Look, Father, I'm perfectly willing to live up to everything but that. I won't interfere with Janie's practicing her religion if she wants to. But I won't have any children of mine .... " Janie had listened to the ensuing words while fear and disappointment had clutched at her heart. She had at- tempted to concentrate on the scene but her mind refused to function. She was roused from her lethargy only when Jack terminated his violent ti- rade, snatched his hat from the rack, and left. Janie had spent the night dissolved in tears. When she rose to go to work the following morning, her face had been swollen, conclusive evidence of the manner in which she had passed the night. Janie spent two weeks im- mersed in thedeepest depression she had ever known, but finally the worst Tm: 1949 SILVER SANDS was over. Now that she was able to consider Jack a closed chapter in her life, she attacked her work with re- newed vigor. Janie had always liked her position and at twenty-two had held the office of junior executive. Advancement had been rapid and the salary excellent. Janie lacked nothing that money could buy, but the one thing she desired most could not be bought. She had gone out with other young men, but always she had found herself comparing them with Jack Richards. Jack was tallerg Jack was kinder g Jack had higher principles and ideals. Thus time had passed and after three years Janie Allen thought her- self completely cured. At twenty-five she had been the most highly paid woman in the employ of the Harland Interior Decorating Co. And then, un- expectedly, Janie's whole future was changed. One day Father Malloy introduced her to his latest convert. She was roused from her reverie by the sound of footsteps coming up the path. She moved to the mirror which hung above the fireplace, and smoothed her hair and examined her make-up critically. "You should be ashamed of yourself, Janie Richards," she whispered softly, "stopping right in the middle of your housework to reminisce about your green years." As the door opened and she heard Continued on Page 28

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