Friday, May 2, 2008

White-Haired Love?

I have become an addict of Gilmore Girls. I’d seen it once or twice when it was still airing, but I never had time to get into it. Oh how I love the red Netflix envelope that delivers the DVDs to my door so I can watch an episode whenever I get a chance. (Jodi really enjoys the theme song and the end credit music and will stop whatever she’s doing to listen and “dance” to it!) There’s plenty about the show that frustrates me, particularly knowing it’s a favorite of many young, impressionable girls out there. But overall I think it’s very well written. I love the quick-witted dialogue and the unique, quirky characters. (Kirk, especially, cracks me up.)

In one episode I watched this week Lorelai Gilmore’s ultra-proper, elderly grandmother, is caught by her daughter-in-law in a romantic embrace with a white-haired man wearing a purple jogging suit. You’ll have to watch it if you want the full story, but this got me thinking about something: I haven’t seen a proposal for a…let’s say mature (grin)…love story in quite awhile. We’ve had a few recently about a hero and heroine in their 40s or 50s, but nothing older that I can think of. Many of our Heartsong members are age 70 and up, and I think they might like a story about characters closer to their own ages. I do remember a proposal awhile back that involved romance in a nursing home, but I think I’d rather steer clear of that setting. Unfortunately, many readers might only have depressing experiences with nursing homes.

So, if anyone’s interested, get your creative juices flowing and send me a Heartsong proposal (using our guidelines, of course) about a hero and heroine age 65 or older. Or if you have something like this in to me already that maybe I haven’t had a chance to look at, remind me of it in an email.

If you do send a proposal, make a note in the subject line with “white-haired love” or something like that. :) Leave a comment if you think you’ll submit something so I’ll know to look for it. Have fun brainstorming!

9 comments:

Patti Moore said...

JoAnne: My 20-year-old has been a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan for several years, and has ALL the episodes! (if you lived in Georgia I would loan them to you!*grin*). She loves the show so much, in fact, that she named her car "Rory"!! :)
Blessings, Patti Moore

Martha W. Rogers said...

Love it! My best friend married last year on her 70th birthday. She and her new husband lost their mates several years ago and found each other at church. I love those senior romances. The one I wrote was in a retirement community for independent living seniors. Maybe I can dust it off. :)

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

You know, JoAnne, you're right. It's not often that romances are written about mature couples. And that's such a travesty. It's like a subliminal message that says once you're past a certain age, romance stops. HA! That's the furthest from the truth.

I even asked my husband recently (yes, we're newlyweds of 9 months as of April 28th) to promise me that we'll never stop being "cute." In other words, holding hands and sharing loving glances and touches that are so meaningful. Too often, couples allow life to steal the magic, but when they get it back...look out!

My great-grandfather's sister lost her spouse somewhat early in life due to WWI, but she then married the president of the United States! They both grew old and happy together. Perhaps I'll put together a story about them...only maybe NOT the president. LOL!

Mary Connealy said...

There have been some nice 'white haired love' threads in the cozy mysteries.

Anyone reading them should get the idea.

Pam Hillman said...

Tiff, you serious?! Wow, I know someone who's "kin" to a President!

I don't have any white-haired love stories to propose with the h/hn, but I have found myself including subplots with secondary characters who fall in love.

Last week I met a newly wedded couple at a retired Marine reunion. He was a retired drill instructor and her first husband was a chaplain in the Marines. They were so happy together.

Janice Thompson said...

I hope I don't have to wait till I have white hair to find love. On the other hand, if Lady Clairol didn't exist, I might discover that I already have white hair, so maybe I'm ready for love to find me, after all...

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

I have a proposal languishing in my computer between two retired people that takes place in a retirement community. I still harbor hope that it will see the light of day someday--I think Eileen and Harold would made a great romantic couple. :o)

Pam Meyers said...

Love these comments. Tiff! Your ancestor married the president??? Woo hoo. What a great story. My mom died at 70 years old and my dad married a year later. His bride was his "first date" as he called her. They were high school sweethearts. When they reconnected it was like they were teens. I felt like my parents did when I was a teenager! Talk about role reversal. They're now both with the Lord, but they had 12 good years together before she went home to Jesus.

Thanks for the tip, Joanne. We're never too old for romance!

CHickey said...

I've read a few of the Cozies with 60+ young couples. Great fun!