Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Aug 25 1957, Page 32

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - August 25, 1957, Florence, South CarolinaJohn is tall 35, and single. Hostesses love him. Married men envy him. Society generally considers John a Gay and extra special person for Al most everyone loves a Bachelor i happen to be John s Cousin. I m also tall 35, and single. But 1 happen to be female. As a result hostesses fret about me. Relatives worry about me. Society in general considers me an extra for almost everyone pities a Bachelor girl i m sure i m speaking for thousands of women like me when i say your pity is poisonous and undeserved and so is your for most single women Lead Busy and Happy lives and most of us have actually chosen our pattern of life not because we re opposed to marriage but because we re unwilling to Settle for second Rale mates or second Best unions. When 1 decided to live alone i also decided to like is until the right Man comes along i be done just it by Day i m a Busy executive Secre tary with a firm that manufactures children s Wear. My it s increased steadily Over the years provides a comfortable apartment Good books Nice clothes and first class vacations and holidays. By night i m a hostess to my friends a Hospital Volunteer an Amateur Painter and a sports fan. Between my work and my play i have neither time nor inclination to bask in self pity. Unfortunately society is far less comfortable about my Type of life than i am. Poor my Mother explains to friends All those Nice boys she let slip How distance and time lend says my brother so you re going to be a Well tailored Man killing career Well tailored perhaps but some of the most feminine and understanding women i know arc single ask the men i Date How come you be never that quiz Suomi is reversible too but i have the prudence not to ask it at least once a week a woman Friend will Call to ask me to a party. Alice she will say i feel terrible but 1 can t dig up an extra or Alice she will whine i be a Date for you not very attractive but Well a to All hostesses relatives and friends let me say Alice dear does l expect to get married every time she goes out there is nothing wrong with me in All j Lofnik de was a hum i d have incur ried Long i will add further thai this is 1957 and not the 19th Cen Tury. In Jane Austen s Day a single daughter might have been a family worry an extra Mouth to feed a clinging Vine. But today s what an ugly face with Pride the prejudice of modern society. Take my Friend Lois for instance who grew up in an Era when Nice girls did t Lois did however. She dad to work to help put her five Brothers and Sisters through school first she taught. Then she took special training in child guidance. Years ago she opened one of the first girls Camps in America. Today that Camp flourishes and so does Lois. Contrary to being a family worry or a clinging Lois is the Backbone of her Large family the beloved and respected aunt who has helped Brothers and Sisters nieces and nephews and now great nieces through school Camp College and an Assort ment of problems. Of course Lois will admit that marriage with the love and companionship of a husband and children is the Best possible Way of life. But it is not the Only Way of life. For Lois and for me there Are real Satis factions in managing a single life Well. A pay Check for instance is really a certificate of one s Worth a periodic Pat on the Back. A Friend said recently in some ways you re Lucky you know you can care for yourself. If anything happened to Mike the extent to which married women worry about their financial dependence was brought out sharply when a life insurance company surveyed dozens of family weekly. Aliens ?5. 1957

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