You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction? Well, meet Gary Hardwick and his wife, Almeda. The couple, who live in Sevierville, TN, met at one of the unlikeliest places: the funeral of her eldest son, Robert, who happened to be Gary’s friend.
Even though she devastated at losing her son, she still noticed Gary at the church, saying it was like looking at a bright light through her grief. When Gary offered her his condolences that was it. The next day the two of them met at another family event, and Almeda tackled the elephant in the room. She said, “I just came out with it and said to him, ‘Look, I’m 71 and you’re 17. Am I too old for you?’ He squeezed my hand, grinned, and replied, ‘Age is just a number.'” And after two weeks, they were married.
Yes, it’s that 53-year age gap that’s raising eyebrows all over the Internet since this story went viral. But we have to say, the gap doesn’t seem that large when you take a look at the two of them. He looks older for his age, she looks at least 20 years younger.
As long as they’re happy, should we really judge this relationship?