“It was like a big trap I got myself into and I could barely get myself out,” Jack said.
Beverly found out the news from one of Jack’s friends after a couple months, and she was not very happy. She didn’t even believe it at first. Jack knew he had to put an end to things with the other girl.
“I always regretted that I didn’t tell Beverly about it,” he said.
He ended his engagement, and soon he and Beverly were seeing each other regularly again. Jack’s feelings for Beverly had been instantaneous, but Beverly still needed to grow more into the relationship with him.
“When I saw her, there was a fire inside me,” Jack said. “When she saw me, it was more of a smoldering coal.”
Beverly’s original plan to date other guys while she and Jack were separated had fallen through. None of the boys in high school were very appealing to her, at least not as appealing as Jack.
“He was all the things I wanted in a man,” Beverly said of Jack.
They spent almost every day together, to the point where Beverly would fall asleep at school, and Jack once fell asleep at the wheel and hit a mailbox. They decided it was time to get married if they ever wanted to get any rest.
“We found out we really loved each other,” Beverly said. “I was so young. I didn’t know what love was, but we liked being together. That’s what I was looking for, was love.”
They had discussed their future and wanted the same things. They wanted children, and to be strong in their faith.
The two were married at Main Street Christian Church on June 5, 1954, when Jack was almost 20 and Beverly was a few weeks shy of 16.