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.