Time and again, we often hear the adage “age does not matter” in relation to so many things, be it in continuing education, in pursuing dreams, and also in this case, love.
While we hear many success stories of couples with wide age gap, this is still somehow considered taboo in the society, and most of the time frowned upon.
This is the story of Robb Taylor and Erica Gower, who are set to marry despite the 40 years age gap between them! And get this: Robb is 20 years older than Erica’s parents!
Erica Gower, 24, did not escape bashing and criticism from friends, family, and strangers alike, who first heard of her recent engagement.
Often tagged as her “grandfather” rather than her fiance, Erica is set to marry 64-year-old Robb Taylor, who is 40 years her senior.
The couple met at a local bar in their hometown of Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, USA. Robb, who was a performer at the said bar, caught Erica’s attention. It was indeed “love at first sight” for the young lady!
Erica would then frequent the place, hoping to catch a glimpse of Robb. After a few visits, Robb finally mustered enough courage to go up to Erica and ask her out on a date.
The rest, they say, is history from there on out. Just barely six months into their relationship, the couple got engaged.
As Erica puts it:
"I guess it was love at first sight. When I saw him, he was very handsome and a great singer, there was just something about him that drew me to him.
"Robb doesn't look his age at all, I thought he was 40 at first and couldn't believe it when he told me he was in his 60s.
"The big age difference is perfect for me because he is very mature and I don't have to worry about any games, he knows what he wants in life as well as I do.
For his part, Robb had this to say:
"For nearly four minutes we just stared at one another and couldn't see anything apart from each other.
"I couldn't eat or sleep, all I kept thinking about was her.
"She kept coming to see me perform every week and thought there was a tiny chance she might like me so I asked her out for dinner.
"I just took a chance and thought the worst that could happen was her saying no, but she kept on saying yes."
Admittedly, a lot doubted their relationship. Many of their friends were skeptical and unsure whether they’d last long. Even Erica’s own parents didn’t approve of their planned union in the beginning.
"People have told me it's wrong because 'he is old enough to be my grandfather', that 'it's gross' and 'I must be sick' but I just ignore it.
"I think it's a generational thing. Young people see it as 'disturbing' and 'gross' they can be pretty rude, whereas older people are happy for him.
"I don't care what people think, Rob makes me very happy – there is never a day that passes where he doesn't put a smile of my face or make me laugh.
"He encourages me and loves me more than anyone ever has, I know it because he shows me every day."
In the long run, Erica’s parents eventually warmed up to Robb, and they have since become very supportive of the two. They now consider Robb as part of their family.
"It's kind of funny, Erica's dad doesn't know how to treat me, it's weird, him treating me like a son-in-law because I'm old enough to be his dad."
Robb proposed to Erica in the most romantic way. They were on a cruise for Erica’s birthday, and in the middle of the dancefloor, Robb knelt down and popped the question.
Awwe. We can’t wait for your big day! Clearly, Erica and Robb want to tell the whole world that "life's too short to live your life to other people's expectations."
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