I've been noticing a bit of a trend lately, while enjoying one of my favorite pastimes.
As I have mentioned before in this space, I enjoy singing karaoke on the weekends.
For the most part, I have gone to the same spot for the last 14 years or so, to feed my addiction to the microphone.
Over the years, the makeup of the crowd has changed several times, depending on who is running the show.
Singers and spectators alike have been veteran musicians at certain points, and novices with drinks in their hands at others.
Within the last several weeks, the majority of the patrons have been older people, whether arriving as singles, or as part of a couple.
They usually sit in the same corner every week, and for whatever reason, they have welcomed me into their fold.
Honestly, I wasn't sure how I felt about this at first. The people I was accustomed to singing with, or listening to, had been replaced by senior citizens crooning tunes I had never heard before.
I was used to hearing the newest country songs -- whether sung by me or someone else -- or classic rock tunes performed by people who weren't alive when those songs were released.
Hearing songs by Frank Sinatra or Hank Williams, Sr., was something I wasn't prepared for, however.
But, the more I stayed around, I began to pick up on a few things which have given me a new appreciation for these older singing buddies.
First, I noticed how these folks were keeping themselves young at heart, by getting together with their friends and belting out tunes, and I admired them for it.
The second lesson I have learned from my new friends, has probably taught me more than the first. They have shown me that romance doesn't die with old age.
I've been fascinated by watching this in recent weeks.
There's the woman who hangs on her husband's every word, swaying back and forth while he sings Sinatra's "The Lady is a Tramp."
Another man braves a limp -- from an injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident years ago -- to dance with his lady at every turn.
When you see this kind of love in action, you know it's for real.
I think a lot of younger people could learn a thing or two from watching people like this. I want to experience love like that as I get older.
Of course, the way I see it, there's no reason to wait until then to have that kind of romance.
Jason A. Smith covers crime and courts for the Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.