When The Love Of Your Life is 86 & Gay

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When The Love Of Your Life Is 86 & Gay

I have a ‘friend’.


He lives next door.


We see each other often.


I drive him crazy and he pisses me off.


I never ask his opinions and… he gives them anyways.


I tell him he looks like he should sit down and… he tells me to go to hell.


He suggests the color of our front door is garish and… I tell him I don’t give a fuck.


Then we laugh… between sips of gin & tonic’s, long drags on our cigarettes and lambasting everyone that walks by.


He thinks the world stopped in 1962.


I’m plowing full speed ahead into the future.


He’s a published author.


I’m published in an anthology.


He’s a son-of-a-bitch.


I’m the bitch.


We get along madly.


Here’s a typical conversation:


“So, my dear. You’re looking good.”


“What did you expect?”


“You never know. We’re all getting older.”


“Not really. Just you. You should sit down.”


“I don’t want to sit down. I was a young man once, ya’ know. Age wasn’t supposed to matter.”


“That’s a fool’s game and you’re not a fool so let’s get you comfortable.”


“Will you stay to talk?”


“Of course. Let’s start with what you were thinking when you painted that mural.”


“It was a night fueled by unspoken love and a lot of pot.”


“And it looks like it.”


“It looks better then that get-up you went to the Rex Ball in last month.”


“What do you know about a ‘Ball’? Wait… don’t answer that.”


“Do you still have my spare key?”


“Of course. I sneak in often to catalog the art I’m walking off with. You’ll never know the difference.”


“I do have some fine antiques, of which you would never be able to appreciate being from the woods of Ohio.”


“You’re a fine antique. That’s all I need to know.”


“You’re my kinda woman, my dear, if I only liked women.”


“I love you too ‘ya old fart.”


“You’re a pistol, ya’ know.”


“And you’re a son of a gun. But is wasn’t our rodeo.”


“Next time round.”


Or this time Don…

I’m glad for this time.


  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - I’m glad for this one too. You two surely hit it off! xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We are great together. One of my favorite people of all time. Such a smartass. Perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I wish I could be there sitting with you two and just silently appreciating the conversation!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My husband just likes to sit and listen and shake his head. Don and I are like a vaudeville show it seems.ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - If, in a month’s time, I am fortunate enough to read one great poem, one great short story, and one great dialogue set, I consider that to be a very good month. I read a lot of blogs, in hopes of achieving this plateau.

    You have more than taken care of the dialogue post, here. This is altogether brilliant and entertaining.

    Great post, Cheryl.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Myke! I can’t make this stuff up.ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Love this!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I want to marry him. He won’t have me. I feel incomplete!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Bates Cook - I love the dialogue and I just checked out the book – I might just order it for my iPad.ReplyCancel

  • Megan McWilliams - fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Gay husbands are the best! I am going to add the book to my summer reading list. OMG- Summer is almost here!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - What color is your door? I know, sort of a non-sequitur and absolutely not what you were going for. But, that’s what came up for me. ROTFLReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - The best dialog I’ve heard in a very long time! Priceless.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - This is the tip of the iceberg. I wish I had a tape recorder.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Sounds like a fun guy! A little back and forth is good for you.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - lol he sounds amazing. And what a fine pair you both make. I wish I knew someone like that. He sounds like your soul mate!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m a very lucky person to know him. It’s been a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Grammie Time - Interesting dialogue! I’ll have to check this book out.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie MacMillan - Love is love. The more we have in our lives the better, whatever form it takes. This is beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sue Loncaric - Sounds like a fab relationship and I must check out the book.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - This is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Janine - I starting reading this earlier in the day and it captured me so much that I had to close my browser and come back to it again in the evening to really soak it up. I love how you wrote this. The essence. The simplicity. The relationship. The title. Love it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Janine. When I decided to write ‘something’ about Don and me,I thought the best way was to just record a typical conversation between us. I know we both feel the love and admiration and I was hoping readers would too. Thank you again.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Looks like a fun read. The fact that he is 85 and taking long drags on cigarettes is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - You can just hear the affection behind the words…ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I love it! I can visualise these interactions and I already feel like I know your 80+-year-old neighbour. Long may your banter continue.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He’s 86. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. HA!ReplyCancel

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