In a New York City apartment, a blue rose sits on an end table near the windowsill. A couple throws off their covers in the bedroom and walk to the kitchen. She gives him a kiss by the coffeemaker. They run back into the bedroom.
Fifty years later, they emerge from the same bedroom. He grins by the door, grateful for another day while she gives him a kiss on the cheek. He puts her straw hat on her head and she takes her purse.
As a young couple, they walk down the sidewalk and hail a taxi to Coney Island. Fifty years later, they take the same route. He kisses her on the backseat and she laughs. She takes his hand as he helps her out of the car.
As a young couple, he steals her hat while on the ride and wears it. Fifty years later, she continues to puts her in the hand while spinning. They sit across from each other at a restaurant as twentysomethings. Fifty years later, he toasts to their enduring relationship. Wearing a red dress, the young woman dances with her husband while a jazz band plays in the background. As an older man, he spins his wife around on the dance floor.
The young woman twirls back into their bedroom. She gazes at the white sheets, lit with white lights and set up as though it were a canopy bed. He lies next to her and she touches his cheek. Fifty years later, he strings the lights in their sheets and props them up.
While sleeping, the young woman bumps her husband on the chin with her hand. Fifty years later, he still continues to move her arm to the side. He brings her a bouquet of flowers to her study. She covers his eyes, surprising him with a guitar.
Back at Coney Island, they play games and eat cotton candy and dance in front of the carousel. At night, they slow dance together in the street. It’s a tradition they continue as senior citizens.
At the closed night club, a single blue rose sits in the vase.
The young man wanted to do something special for their one-year wedding anniversary. Her favorite place was Coney Island. She went there with her family as a child every summer. However, as an adult, her father got sick and couldn’t go. She started working. and there wasn’t any time to go. He told her to take the weekend off, booked a hotel and made reservations at a restaurant.
They spent all day at the park. He won her some stuffed animals in the games and they ate hot dogs and cotton candy throughout the day. Afterwards, they changed in the hotel and celebrated their marriage over wine.
Fifty years and two children later, he still takes her to Coney Island for their anniversary. During the summer, he made it a point to take his family on the trip. She thanked him for continuing her family’s tradition. Well into her 70s, she worked freelance on her designs. Her husband would often bring her flowers or lunch. In between, he drove her to doctor’s appointments and took care of their grandchildren.
After meeting with a client, she went to the music store and bought a guitar. Her husband talked about how much he wanted one but didn’t get a chance to learn. He’s a good man who deserves something for himself. She gave it to him and asked him to write a song for her.
Illness eventually ravaged their bodies. Cancer took both of them. At the jazz restaurant their parents frequented, the children leave a single rose in remembrance.
Director: Alex DiMarco Year: 2017
Pam Avoledo’s love of pop culture began in 1999 with the message boards dedicated to shows on the CW (then WB). She graduated from Oakland University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
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