Back to the future- nifty at 50

The new film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button seems to have divided the critics. Fascinated by how a three hour film can originate from a 28 page F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, I pulled down the book from my shelves. It’s such a gentle, curious and charming little story, but for those of us in or approaching  middle-age, there is a particularly  lovely passage. As Benjamin rolls back the years having been born seventy years old he finds the love of his love who tells him:

You’re just at the romantic age….fifty.Twenty-five is too worldy-wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is thr age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is- oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty. I’ve always said that I’d rather marry a man of fifty and be taken care of than marry a many of thirty and take care of him.”

So, any fifty-year olds take heart-  you are living the best of your romantic years even if at times you may think you are living  life backwards!


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