Silver Threads and Golden Needles


By Sheila Morris

Every Sunday they dressed in their finest for church. They made a striking couple: he with his silver hair and mustache neatly trimmed – a dapper dresser; she with her gray hair perfectly coiffed, the college beauty queen still lovely in her nineties. After eighteen years together, he decided she was too old for him. He was in his seventies, and although her mind was sharper than his, her body began to fail her. She needed him more than he wanted her. He left her for a younger woman in the church choir. She was lost thereafter, but never aimless.

Sheila Morris is an essayist with humorist tendencies and is the editor of Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home to be released in December by the University of South Carolina Press.

7 thoughts on “Silver Threads and Golden Needles

  1. Wow, that’s horrible. My parents were married for over sixty years, really ever since they were young adults. My Dad died just a day short of his 85th birthday last April and my Mom has been declining because of dementia. She really is lost without Dad, even though my brother and I are helping all we can. I’m glad she does have a strong support system in her church. I think it will be part of what helps her go on.

    Sorry if that wasn’t part of the intent of the story but it struck a nerve.

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  2. So sad! Lucky him if he reaches eighty. My father survived without my mother for 26 years; he recently passed away at the ripe old age of 101. Their marriage was arranged but they fell in love. I found their wedding invite; what a surprise and what a treasure to keep!

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