A 50-Word Story

Growing Old Together

Mark Starlin


Our wedding day.

She looked in the mirror.

She frowned.

“Happy birthday, my love.”


“Turning sixty is tough.”

“The worst.”

“Well, you said you wanted to grow old together.”

“Yeah, but I was young and beautiful then.”

“You’re still beautiful.”

“Nice try.”

Vehicles containing three daughters and five grandsons arrived.

She smiled.

The story is (mostly) fiction. The photo is from our wedding, way back when.