Love at my Age?

Updated on June 9, 2019
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Summer in the Adirondack Mountains

Scott and Jerry were sitting on the front porch in late June at Jerry’s summer home in the Adirondack Mountains. They were drinking a cup of coffee and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Jerry was a handsome man for 67 years of age, with a slightly receding hairline, blue eyes and a great smile. Sctt lived across the street, and they had spent time together over the past 20 years during the summer.

Jerry’s wife had passed away from cancer five years earlier, and they had been married for 42 years. He had been a General in the US Navy, but this 6” tall, attractive man had retired.

Scott was an industrial engineer, became a confirmed bachelor after he was divorced at age 30. He keeps a shaved head due to hair loss, has a square chin, dark brown eyes, and he is, 5’10”, at 64 years of age. His friendship with Jerry began when he bought his summer home 15 years ago.

Scott said, “What have you been up to recently?”

“I am still building ships in bottles. I think being in the Navy never quite leaves you. I am involved in my church also. What have you been doing, besides working too many hours. “

“Not too much. I have been working a little less recently, and I will retire next year.”

Jerry asked, “I kind of meant what are you doing for relaxation or for fun?”

“I still get to some Yankee games. I’ll always love baseball and golfing. If you mean do I have a girlfriend, the answer is no. I do go to dinner with friends, but I don’t have any desire for a relationship.”

Jerry said, “I still miss Judy every single day, and I get lonely sometimes living alone. The children do not live near, so there are only occasional visits. I do have a nice group of friends, so I play golf too and eat out occasionally.”

“I don’t see how you can build those ships in bottles. As for loneliness, you may find another woman to love, ya know.”

“I’ll never find anyone like Judy, and I have been out on a couple of dates. As for my ships, I find it relaxing. You have to choose the right shaped bottle for the type of ship you want to build and be patient.”

Creative Ship in Bottle

Who is That?

Just then a woman was walking an active dog on the sidewalk in front of Jerry’s house, when the leash apparently got wrapped around her ankles. She fell and both men jumped up heading to the sidewalk to help her.

They saw this silver haired petite woman on the ground. Jerry almost yelled out, “Are you okay?”

Her sweet voice replied, “I think so.”

The men helped her up, and Jerry said, “Are you sure you didn’t break anything?”

“No, I am okay.” This beautiful lady had beautiful dark brown eyes, and both men immediately noticed her beauty.

“Why don’t you come up and sit on the porch.” said Scott.

“Okay.”

“I haven’t seen you before,” said Jerry. “Do you live nearby?”

“Yes, actually I do.”

“What is your name?” asked Jerry. “I’m Jerry, and this is my friend Scott. I don’t think I’ve seen you before,” said Jerry.

“It is Jennifer, and I just came to these beautiful mountains this year.”

Scott had her dog on the leash, and it was some type of cute spaniel, “Do you want us to help you home, or at least walk with you to make sure you get home safely?”

“I would love that even though I do not think I am hurt. To be escorted home by two handsome men would be delightful.” Both men laughed.

They escorted Jennifer down the steps toward her home, as Jennifer only lived four doors down. When they reached her residence Jerry said, “Maybe I can check on you later as I would think you might be sore from your fall.”

“Sure, that would be nice,” Jennifer said. “Come early and have a cup of tea or coffee with me.”

The men left and walked back to Jerry’s porch. Scott laughingly said, “This may be your new love Jerry.”

“I don’t think so, but she is a beautiful woman. Plus, there is no more love for me at my age,” Jerry said with a scowl.

“Well Jerry, you never know. Life surprises us sometimes,” Scott chuckled.

“I need to mow my lawn before it gets too warm,” Jerry replied.

“Sure, I’ll see you later,” said Scott.

About 3 o’clock Jerry walked to Jennifer’s house, and tentatively knocked on her door

Jennifer answered the door smiling, wearing a beautiful, casual, blue dress. “Hi Jerry, Why don’t you come in and drink a cup of tea or coffee with me. I made some cherry scones early this morning, and you are welcome to try one.”

“That sounds delicious, and I would love a cup of coffee.” They sat at her small kitchen table and talked.

“So Jennifer, where are you from?”

“I am from Virginia Beach, VA, but I love to spend the summer in the mountains. This is my first time staying by Lake Mirror. It sure is beautiful here.”

“I have been coming here for many years. My wife and I bought this house a long time ago, and I still enjoy my summers here.”

“I didn’t know you had a wife.”

“Uh, no, no, I don’t. My wife passed away 5 years ago.”

Jennifer replied, “I am sorry to hear that. My husband passed away about 8 years ago, and life is not quite the same after that.”

“I agree. It is quite an adjustment. I know the only choice is to just keep living a day at a time, but it can be lonely.”

“It sure is, and I find it is important to do other things to fill up your time. I do volunteer work at Hospice Care, am active in my church, and I am in a book reading club with friends.”

“I don’t know if there is a better cause than Hospice, as they are so supportive”

Jennifer suspected that Jerry’s wife must have died of cancer, but she did not want to pry.

Jerry said, “There is a nice little restaurant close to here. Would you like to go out to eat tonight?”

“Yes, that would be nice. I don’t know my way around here very well yet.”

Jerry and Jennifer enjoyed their dinner and the easy conversation between them. Their conversation covered numerous topics.

It wasn’t long before they were spending some time together most days, and Jerry was happier than he had been in a long time. He wasn’t sure about love, but he was completely infatuated with Jennifer.

Summer’s End

They were taking a drive through the mountains on Labor Day looking at the beautiful mountain scenery, and Jennifer was very quiet.

“You are so quiet today Jennifer?” Jerry asked.

“Well Jerry, we have been spending a lot of time together throughout this summer, and it is almost time to leave for home. I wonder, will we see each other again?”

Jerry was quiet for a few minutes, and finally he said, “I want to continue to see you, I live by Fort Meade, which is not too far from you. I believe I am falling in love with you Jennifer, and I didn’t think I would ever love anyone after my wife passed away.”

“I am falling for you too Jerry. This is the best summer I have had in a long time.”

Jerry pulled the car over at the next viewing site, then, he pulled Jennifer closer and kissed her. “Jennifer, we will see a lot more of each other and maybe we can spend the years we have left on this earth together.”

Jennifer just smiled and kissed Jerry again as her arms wrapped around him.

It just took these simple statements to set their future together.

I Will Be Here

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    © 2019 Pamela Oglesby

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    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi James, I'm glad you enjoyed my short story. I appreciate your comments.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Flourish, I thought it was a nice idea for an older couple to find love a second time. Thanks for commenting.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 days ago from Chicago

      What a nice, sweet story of late-blooming love. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      6 days ago from USA

      It’s sweet that they were both able to find love in the aftermath of losing lifetime partners.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Maria, We have finally had more rain in northern FL, but I guess PA has more than you would like. I hope it stops soon as torrential downpours arent fun. I greatly appreciate your comments. Love, Pam

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Ms Dora, I am glad you felt the love. I had thought about this story line for a while before I wrote it, and I am glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your comments.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 days ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Pam,

      Your stories are realistic, yet hopeful.

      The sun shines through your words as we experience torrential downpours in PA.

      Have a peaceful evening.

      Love,

      Maria

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Pam, I read every word. Great plot, beginning with two men instead of the usual man and woman. Very well done! I feel the love.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Elijah, I will make an effort to satisfy you when I write another story. :)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 days ago from Washington DC

      I saw that Pamela, but I wanted at lease a glimpse into their togetherness.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Elijah, I am glad you liked the story, and if you read that last sentence again it says my saying they love each other means they will spend their lives together. It is a happy ending as I am sure they will marry. Thanks for commenting and giving me your opinion. Much appreciated.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Linda, I agree it is never too late. Thanks for your comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Linda, I am so glad you enjoyed this story. Yes, the song tells of us true love. I appreciate your comments.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Bill, I agree, love can happen at any time. Thanks for commenting.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 days ago from Washington DC

      There you go leaving everything to our imagination again, Pamela. Will you ever satisfy me with an ending that's not left to my imagination? LOL I guess you know I enjoyed it but it was too short.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's never too late to fall in love. Thank you for this important reminder, Pamela.

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      Linda Todd 

      7 days ago from Charleston

      Hi Pamela,

      I love your story. Love is such a sweet thing to experience, especially when it is true love. As the song says: "Love is hard to find, love of any kind, love like yours and mind,...dada...

      Yes, I am back here...

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Never say never where love is concerned. :) I love a happy ending!

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Lorna, I agree with your comments, and thank you for your kind comments.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 days ago

      There is a wonderful warmth to this lovely story Pamela - you are never too old to fall in love and find happiness. Great writing.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi MG, I like that love prevailed in this story. I appreciate your comments.

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      MG Singh 

      7 days ago from Singapore

      Hi ! That's s great tale. Yes, age is not a barrier to love. I am so glad both found love. So nice

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Jackie, I like the idea of finding love at any age. Thanks for commenting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 days ago from The Beautiful South

      What a wonderful story Pamela and probably a very true one for many. Lucky for those who can find love a second time.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Linda, I like the happy endings too. I am not sure about the picture as it is one I downloaded quite a while ago and she is beautiful. I usually get all my pics from pixabay.com, but I am not positive about this one. I appreciate your comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Lori, i appreciate you very nice comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Liz, Thank you so much for your generous comments.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 days ago from Washington State, USA

      Pamela this is so sweet. I love your happy endings and you didn't disappoint. I don't think one is ever too old to find love again. By the way, is that Rita Moreno's photo?

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love your love stories Pamela. Keep them coming.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 days ago from Southern Illinois

      What a sweet love story. It is lonely when you lose a loved one. Happy they found each other.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 days ago from UK

      This is a lovely heart-warming story. It is great to see a love story from an older perspective.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Clive, Yes, so true. I appreciate your comments.

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      Clive Williams 

      8 days ago from Jamaica

      Love knows no age.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Kaili, What can I say? I love happy endings. I appreciate your comments.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      8 days ago from Canada

      Oh Pamela, I just knew this would have a happy ending. What a lovely story!

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Eric, Dandelions are an ineresting choice. I think you talk about love and teach us about love, so maybe this story hit home for you. I appreciate your comments, as always.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Premjit, Thank you so much for your nice comments.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course I am deeply touched. This is so well done. I am not that old yet but lately I find my self at 61 falling in love about once a week. Thank goodness it is with my wife.

      But she says I fall in love with dandelions. Ooops.

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      Premjit Sunil Gatigante 

      8 days ago from Mumbai, India

      Good work n Keep writing

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