In 1825 Josiah Quincy was asked to take his great-aunt, Hannah Lincoln Storer, to visit someone. The someone was former President John Adams. Hannah Storr had buried two husbands. She was nearing her ninety-first birthday, as was President Adams. Adams once described her in his diary as “flirtatious;” and it was told in some stories that he almost proposed to her.
Now keep in mind these are two ninety-plus year-old folks meeting once again. When Hannah entered the room where Adams was sitting his face immediately lit up. “Why, Madam,” he greeted her, “Shall you and I go for a walk in Cupid’s Grove together?” “Ah sir,” she replied, “It would not be the first time you and I have walked there.”
Hannah must have been quite a flower in her time and ole’ Johnnie a real dude. You know we seem to forget that old folks were young folks once upon a time.
Wonder what you or I might say upon such a meeting with one from our past? Hum… a walk in Cupid’s Grove?