My step dad, not to be outdone, submitted to me a hysterical version of his courtship of my mother, which I posted the same day, suitably embellished with titillating comments to engender LAUGHTER from him -- sort of a huge dollop of happiness to brighten the day.
It worked! My outrageous comments caused mother to say during her Saturday call, "We're still laughing." Indeed, I could hear manly chuckles emanating from the other room during the conversation. "I laughed until my THIGHS ached!" she informed me at one point.
"Are you sure that was caused by LAUGHTER?" I rebutted innocently. (The loving couple is in their early 80's and have been married 20 years now.) Needless to say, the laughter did NOT stop during the call.
MFG then kibitzed from the background, "I'll be sending MORE details shortly." adding a caveat about offending me, as I've always been single, because gentlemen of his age and background worry about the probity of behavior, and are generally careful to show respect to women, whether they deserve it or not.
"Send away! I have to do all this vicariously!" I quipped.
Then she told me about eating onions and a helpful relative, Aunt Rosalie, who tried her best to get G to eat one, too, so the kisses would be equal. In fact, Mom claimed he needed that incentive to finally get AROUND TO KISSING her in the first place, he was so gentlemanly, then gleefully reported that it worked!
She giggled; he chortled.
I'm glad he wasn't swallowing a bite of oatmeal at the time, or it might have gone flying. [He did that once during the phone call, but I can't remember exactly at what point. I'm pretty sure it was earlier. My mother always told us not to talk while eating. I guess that wasn't very thorough advice. She should have said Do not talk or LAUGH while eating, if you are not alone, definitely while your loved ones are on the phone, and especially if the conversation is with relatives, who will SHOW NO PITY!]
Me? I can hardly wait to hear HIS version of the "onion kiss!"
So, I'm relieved to report, THERE IS LIFE AFTER 80, even though it might take a lot of smoke and mirrors to achieve leading man/lady status.