A Very Good Year

Hello, Fellow Fictioneers!  I just returned from overseas, so I have been in absentia and have missed a lot of your smiling faces.

Jean Hays sent Rochelle this really cool picture for a prompt.  Thanks, Jean!

Jean Hays

The restaurant mentioned in this story actually exists, by the way, and is one of my favorites — the Gas Light Grill in Leawood, Kansas.  Elegant food, a classic jazz ensemble and a dance floor.  Love it!

I’m a fan of vintage stuff, although this story really has nothing to do with cars. It’s actually about a guy going out with a younger woman.

You see, Tom and Janine are on their third date and she has chosen this restaurant.

So … let’s listen in —


“I’m kind of out of practice.”   He poured her some wine.

Beautiful Janine smiled with reassurance.  “You pour just fine.”

“I was kind of surprised you picked this place.  I thought you’d want something …”

“Younger?  Look, Tom, I’m a 30 year-old ‘old soul’ and you’re a ’vintage’ 52.  Aged to perfection.  You’ve led an interesting, accomplished life.” She put her hand in his.  “You are truly special.  Dance with me?”

On the dance floor, she smiled as Tom held her in his arms and sang in her ear, “It poured sweet and clear, it was a very good year …”


Feel what Tom felt, too.  Enjoy!

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36 Responses to A Very Good Year

  1. ahtdoucette says:

    Welcome back! And yes, it has been a very good year. 🙂

  2. Welcome back! I’ve been looking for you. Lovely story put to a wonderful wonderful song.

  3. I’ve been wondering where you were. Hope it was fun, like your story.

  4. rgayer55 says:

    Geez, I didn’t expect you to be so mushy, Kent. You’re sounding more like Perry every day. (Take that as a compliment. He’s a fine writer and humorist.) So, you’re a vintage man who likes vintage stuff, right? But 35 year old girls don’t look too bad either, do they?

  5. Wonderful imagery, Kent. I envisioned a restaurant that would be perfect for the scene, in Flint, MI. Welcome back, and shalom! Hope you enjoyed your trip to the holy land?

  6. That’s a wonderful story!!! Jusr make the guy 64 and you’ve really got something! Never leave us again…. yes, beautiful Janine …

    • wmqcolby says:

      Well, I thought 64 would have been a little over the top, but it does have some merit.
      I figured this would be a story you’d like, Perry. Maybe you could write a comedy version. Why not? 😀

  7. Mike says:

    WOW! I can picture the Gas Light Grill … and you on the dance floor. I like that place.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yeah, WDAF had a fundraiser there (Band Of Angels — repairing and giving away used musical instruments to kids who can’t afford them) and Dick Hawk helped us out with it. My dad used to work for him, so it was kind of old home week when we went. I just GOTTA go there again … and take a lady friend. 😉

  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Kent,

    A Very Good Year is a very good story. Reminds us that if two minds meet and sparks fly, age matters little.

    Welcome back to this side of the world and thanks for Frank.



  9. Dear Kent,

    Welcome back from the corner tabernacle.

    Your story poured sweet, it was a very good tale.


    Cuzzin Shellie

  10. Sandra says:

    Welcome back, you old smoothie you! Nice one.

    • wmqcolby says:

      And good to see YOU, Sandra! (MUA!) I hope France was fun.

      It seems our FF Bunch likes traveling a lot in Europe. Dropping in on a neighbor for you folks, a herculean effort for us Americans. But, that’s the fun of adventure, right? 😉

  11. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Kent, Love your story and the Gas Light Grill! Great food and all that Jazz! Great place to eat and meet! Nan 🙂

  12. wmqcolby says:

    I’m looking forward to going there again.

  13. What a wonderful story.. no golddigging here, Just plain ol’ love.. very nice.

  14. Margaret says:

    What a nice couple they are, and what a romantic start to their relationship. They deserve to live happily ever after.

  15. Yaral Code says:

    Welcome back and nicely done on the story.

  16. hafong says:

    Tom is like fine wine! A nice bouquet.


  17. So there is hope for us old souls. Nice story, glad you are back.

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