by Anna Jo Christopher from the June 4, 2012 issue
In a Nutshell: Betty and Hal are long time neighbors. Hal needs a partner for a dance class he enrolled in. He says he wants to learn to dance to impress a friend he met at the senior center. After the class is over, he admits he made up the friend. Betty is glad.
Observations: One of the cool things about Woman's World magazine is that they publish romance stories about elderly people. This was one of those stories. Remember when writing these, acknowledge the age of the characters, but portray them as vital and active. One line that I thought accomplished this in a humorous way was this one:
I stare at him. "Dance class? At your age?"
He looks offended. "Hey, I'm not ready to be put out to pasture yet. Anyway the instructor said it's never too late to learn."
I chuckle and say, "I'm kidding, Hal..."
Another thing I haven't mentioned in a long time is the circularity story element--mentioning something, usually in the beginning of the story, and then mentioning it at the end again to bring the story full circle. Sometimes it's echoed in the title as well. The title, "Never Too Late," was mentioned in the quote above, and then again at the very end:
He squeezes my hand, and I take in his thick white hair, clear blue eyes and warm smile.
Thank goodness, I say to myself as I squeeze back, it's never too late for love.