Seeing the very sexy 72-year-old actress Helen Mirren riding onto the Academy Awards stage yesterday on a jet ski reminded me of the following story:

My father was romantic in his own way.

Back when my beloved mother was still alive, my parents were watching a movie starring the lovely Helen Mirren.

"I can't believe she's MY age," my mother told my father. "She's so beautiful."

Tenderly, my father reached over and took her hand.

"You're almost as beautiful as she is," he told her.