by Melissa Youngblood
It was 2016 and I was serving as a chaperone to Queen Shenandoah and enjoying another fabulous Queen’s Ball at the George Washington Hotel. As I stepped out into the lobby, I saw something that filled my heart. This precious couple stood across the room from me, dressed to the nines in the colors of the season. They were holding hands and looked positively smitten with each other. I crossed the room and introduced myself. Her name was Donetta and his name was James and I learned they had married just 3 years before at ages 88 and 72.
He had lived on Apple Pie Ridge for years and had moved away, returning for a visit and to attend the festival. I told him his date was beautiful. He said, “She’s always wanted a pink dress”. She replied, “He bought it for me and chose this jacket to match it”. I was so touched by their young, festive spirits, love of The Bloom, and especially of each other. I asked if I could take a picture to remember them by and they graciously obliged. I posted this to my Facebook page as one of my favorite moments of Apple Blossom 2016. It resurfaces via Facebook as a memory every year, and each time I am reminded that we are never too old for love and the moments that make our community and the Apple Blossom Festival so special.