The Wisdom of Age Project—Hampton Roads, Va. 2017 Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By
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"They Met, They Married"

film & story by Aree Rachel Coltharp


Alexandria East and Jean Dickey are generations apart, but their stories about meeting their future husbands are strangely similar. We often think of age gaps as a huge barrier to mutual understanding. Young people tend to be way out of touch with their elders and the elderly have little contact with younger generations besides their grandchildren if they have any. In a project where I wanted to highlight the differences between older people and people of my own age, I found only similarities.