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The old man with grey streaked hair warmed himself over the fireplace of his modest Boston area home.  Now 67 and in the winter of his life, Brian was a recent widower, trying to navigate the senior dating scene after 40+ years of marriage. Nancy had been a wonderful wife and partner for him.

The knock on his door startled the man out of his thoughts.  Opening the door, he found Karen McLaughlin, a widow and member of his church, standing on the landing of his house.

"Oh my Karen. I am surprised to see you.  Please come in."
The older woman smiled. "Just wanted to bring some peach cobbler over for you.  I know how hard it has been since Nancy….since Nancy has passed."
Brian Walker smiled as the woman continued to speak. "It's so cold today," the attractive older woman commented as he took her overcoat off, looking intently at Brian.
Brian Walker smiled before replying. "Yes but I think spring just came early when you arrived."  And with that, the older woman blushed.



The End


Author’s Bio:   Tom Schmidt is a Chemical Engineer working in medical diagnostics in upstate New York.  He enjoys creative writing and has been published on,,, and in the past.  Tom can be reached at


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