SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue
By Sue Campbell
If you haven't yet seen the viral video showing a couple in their 20s get transformed by makeup artists to look age 50, 70 and 90, take five minutes to watch it (below). The video will make you think about sterotypes of aging and also about what it means to grow old with a partner.
It centers on Kristie and Tavis, who are to be married in a month. They've agreed to this experiement and are eager to share it with their families. "My mom thinks this is the coolest thing ever," Kristie says. "She said, 'What a treat for us because we'll probably be gone when you're that age, so we'll get to see what you would maybe look like."
The makeup artists get to work, and when the couple hits 50, Tavis is delighted by Kristie's looks. They expect, they say, that they'll be living a sterotypical kind of life, raising teenagers and joining the PTA. At 70, they turn a bit emotional. "I can't help but think about what the potential last 50 years would hold," Tavis says. "To see her look like this makes me think of where we have gone, what would have happened in between."
To see a young couple ponder time's passing, believe the years will keep them together and accept one another's aging faces with love reveals the commitment they feel. It's sweet and tender to watch.
At 90, they weep. The pair instinctively grasps that there's deep comfort to be found in long relationships. They talk about what their last words to each other would be. "I would want to make sure he knew how much I love him and how important he's been to me," Kristie says. "I'm a better person because of you," Tavis says.