New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Women compare notes on their old obsessions with professors
DEAR ABBY: I would like to respond to “My Secret,” the married woman who is still pining for “Father F.,” the Catholic priest w ho was her college professor.
I experienced a similar obsession for many years. The man of my dreams had also been my college professor, and I was convinced that had I been a different kind of pet son, we would have had an affair.
After graduating from college, I moved to another city and married a wonderful man. Even though my marriage was a happy one, I continued to fantasize about meeting “hi in’ again in some romantic place. I felt certain that duri ag those t imes when I thought so intensely about him, he was having those same feelings about me.
Some years later, while visiting my hometown, I ran into him one afternoon in a busy mall. All those memories came flooding back and I was thrilled to see hun. With outstretched arms, I shouted excitedly, “I can’t believe ifs really you!”
He stopped, and, Abby, he didn t even remember my name. I felt like a fool!
Quite often, especially when hit gets rough, we recall special people
in our past as still being there where we left off— frozen in time — wait ing for us to come hack and pick up where we left off. The sad truth is that time marches on for everybody.
You wisely advised the woman who was still carrying the torch for “Fathei F.” to get rid of her fantasies. Others who are inclined to dwell too long on the past would do well to follow that advice.
A FAITHFUL READER FOR .'IO YEARS
DEAR FAITHFUL READER: •How w ise you are. Read on for a letter from a younger soul sister who is also very wise:
DEAR ABBY: M> heart stopped when I read the letter signed “My Secret.’ I could have written that letter. I am currently attending a Catholic university and would give anything for a relationship with my philosophy professor who happens to lie a priest Richard Cere he’s not, but his intelligence, wit and personality make him the kind of guy most git Is would kill for
The way I look at it. I plan to take ad v outage of my time as his student and reap the la nefits of his skill as
an instructor Like a flower making use of a spring rain shower, I want to soak up every bit of his wisdom so I can be the hest person I can be. I will place him high on the list of professors who have had an impact on my life, then file that list with the rest of my college memories, and move on.
My advice to “My Secret”: As for leaving your husband to be near “Father F.,” forget it. Life is a continual journey; don’t waste your time going down a dead-end street. Instead, emulate “Father F.” and honor the vow you made, just as he must honor his. Having you hanging around nearby will only make things more difficult for him if he is to remain true to his calling. Priests are only human, after all, and they probably don’t relish the celibacy part of their commitment. I know exactly how you feel, but don’t be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Like the prayer says, “Lead us not into temptation.” Just sign me ... CHERISHED MEMORIES
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By LESLIE SOWERS
HOUSTON (AP) ~ It was inevitable.
In a fashion-conscious world in which everything from Band-A ids to bicycle pants is a color coordinated accessory, it couldn’t be long before someone thought of it. The trend began a little over a year ago and is taking over on elementary and junior high campuses across die country.
Colored orthodontics. The brighten and more bizarre the better. While die main structure of braces is still eilhci stainless steel, silver or clear acrylic the rubber bands stretching from upper to lower teeth and die rubber rings that fit on each bracket now come in a rainbow of colors.
Neon green is die current favorite with patients at Dr. George Schudy’s office in the River Oaks arca But purple, orange, red and green, hut pink and even gray have their followers.
For once, being fashionable doesn i cost extra. Colorful braces cost die same. Schudy docs say it lakes a little more chair time to replace die colored ligatures (the rubber O-rings attached to each metal bracket) particularly when the request is for alternating col ors on each tooth.
He also accommodates requests for different colors on upper and lower teeth or right or left sides of the
“b’s worth it,” Schudy said. “Ii makes orthodontics a lot more fun. It helps the kids accept it better.”
And it isn’t only kids who are wearing die colored braces.
“You’d be surprised how many adults come in requesting diem,” Schudy said. "I just had someone say, ‘I’m going to a funny puny, so put me in a funny color.' (hie adult just left with hoi pink and white alternating.”
Wliat dictates die cold scheme?
For Chris Stephens, 13, a student ai Lanier Junior High School who soon will get his bands on, it likely will be purple and white, his school’s colois But he expects he’ll change iioni lime to time. Schudy’s office willingly changes colors whenever patients are due for replacing their ligatures.
Meredith Townsend, 12, a sixih-grader at Pershing Middle School, is currently crazy about neon green. But slic said her next color change will be red, white, aud blue for the July 4 holiday.
All her friends have neon grins.
“My friends have pink, purple, green and blue,” she said, “b’s really pretty.”
Students change colors at die change of a season or to match an outfit. But sometimes the color choice is strictly a whim.
Sara Jacob, 13, a student at St. Tho mas Episcopal School, selected a bright pink and orange combination.
“It matched the colors in Dr. Schudy’s lie,” Jacob said. She enjoys changing colors and said her wildest pick was purple in honor of Halloween.
“Colored bi aces aren’t quite as boring as plain ones," Jacob said.
The students agree that braces are no longer a reason lo keep your mouth closed for two years at a lime. No one makes fun of kids in braces anymore because everyone has diem.
“It’s cool to have braces,” Jacob said,
Schudy said it’s his patients iii elementary grades and early years of middle school who like: die colored look. Those high school age tend to prefer the more discreet look of plain rubber bands.
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