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‘Will you grow young with me?’

It was Steve’s 73rd birthday. Over the years, his birthday had become somewhat a routine for him. Like always, his children and grandchildren would come over and prepare an elaborate feast for lunch. Later in the evening, the family would huddle in front of the TV and watch a movie together.

However, this particular birthday, his grandchildren insisted on spending an evening of fun in the park nearby. Steve was sceptical, initially. But little did he know that he was in for a pleasant surprise. As he got off the car with Martha, his wife of 40 years, he spotted a small stage set up in the park. Gathered in front of the stage were some of his close friends and neighbours. Surprised, he looked at Martha. A mischievous smile played upon her lips.

As they walked towards the gathering, Steve remembered a conversation he had had with Martha once. “Can you believe it’s been 40 years since we got married? It seems like yesterday when we were dating. And look at us now—we’re grandparents already!” he’d told his wife one morning. Taking her hands in his, he’d said, “Martha… It feels like we’ve lived our lives entirely for the sake of our children. Now that they are well on their own, I feel we should finally live for ourselves.” Martha’s eyes had shone with love as she encouraged him to pursue his passion of composing music. That day on, music had become an integral part of their lives. They had found the joy of living life for themselves.

“Steve…” Martha called out, zapping Steve back to reality. “Let’s give them a performance they’d remember, shall we?” she said with excitement. He nodded. They got on the stage, his eyes fixated on his wife. As he serenaded her, he strummed the chords on his guitar and sang ‘their song’. The next half an hour flew by as if in a trance. At the end of the performance, Steve barely noticed his audience applauding. Pulling his wife closer, Steve whispered, “Will you grow young with me?”

“Yes,” Martha replied, with the warmest ever hug.

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