Created By: RadicalTaoist on July 10, 2010 Last Edited By: RadicalTaoist on July 24, 2010

Grow Old With Me

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Splitting from December December Romance, which is when two senior characters meet and fall in love.

Oh, they say that I'm feeble with age, Maggie,
My steps are much slower than then.
My face is a well written page, Maggie,
And time all along was the pen.
Oh, they say that we've outlived our time, Maggie,
As dated as songs that we've sung,
But to me, you're as fair as you were, Maggie,
When you and I were young.

This trope is when a romantic couple is depicted going on into their golden years. If mortality or mental illness is a theme, this is a sure recipe for Tear Jerkers aplenty.


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  • July 11, 2010
    Bicentennial Man probably.
  • July 11, 2010
    The heartwarming (and heartbreaking) first 15 minutes of Up.
  • July 11, 2010
    • The question if someone will grow old with the singer is asked in The Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four".
    • Ridiculed in "When You're Old And Gray" by Tom Lehrer.
      While I still appreciate you
      Let's find love while we may
      Because I know I'll hate you
      When you are old and gray
  • July 11, 2010
    • Darby and Joan, from a poem by Henry Woodfall published in 1735.
      Old Darby, with Joan by his side
      You've often regarded with wonder.
      He's dropsical, she is sore-eyed
      Yet they're ever uneasy asunder.
  • July 11, 2010
    What indices and pages should I add this to?
  • July 11, 2010
    Trope Namer is the Robert Browning poem "Rabbi Ben Ezra:"
    Grow old along with me!
    The best is yet to be,
    The last of life, for which the first was made:
    Our times are in His hand
    Who saith, "A whole I plann'd,
    Youth shows but half; trust God: see all nor be afraid!"
  • July 11, 2010
    The ending of Fruits Basket shows Kyo and Tohru's granddaughter watching them.
  • July 18, 2010
    I think I'll launch this later today.
  • July 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In the Christopher Nolan movie Inception... [spoiler]Due to the effects of Year Inside Hour Outside two lovers do this while trapped within the dream world.[/spoiler]
  • July 19, 2010
    Robert Burns's "John Anderson":

    John Anderson, my jo, John,
    When we were first acquent,
    Your locks were like the raven,
    Your bonnie brow was brent;
    But now your brow is beld, John,
    Your locks are like the snow;
    But blessings on your frosty pow,
    John Anderson, my jo!

    The old music-hall song, "My Old Dutch":

    We've been together now for forty years,
    And it don't seem a day too much.
    Oh, there ain't a lady living in the land
    As I'd swap for my dear old Dutch.

    The old parlor song, "Silver Threads Among the Gold" (beloved of Warner Bros. cartoons):

    Darling, we are growing old --
    Silver threads among the gold
    Shine upon my brow today;
    Life is fading fast away;
    But, my darling, you will be
    Always young and fair to me,

  • July 19, 2010
    A possible version of reality in one episode of Far Scape; a Reset Button ensured it didn't happen, at least not the way it's depicted.
  • July 24, 2010