Within the last year, I caught H___ when I suggested Joseph and Mary might have had a significant age difference.
Funny thing about Love ... it's the same for all ages.
You and I are never going to agree on this one, Bob. Perhaps we can agree that there are always exceptional cases, St. Joseph and Mary for one.
Hard to compare Joseph and Mary,
I respectfully disagree with you ... age is important. Most 20- and 30-, even 40-somethings don't have the knowledge about life's events that an older person would have. Yes, I can widen my age search to 10 +/- years my junior, and the same for those older than I am, but dating someone in his 20's!!!! Yikes!!!
I would suggest everyone watch Jack Nicholson in Something's Gotta Give :-)). . .
Or maybe the story of Anna Nicole Smith. . .
While the Victorian era suggested the best age difference was 35 for a male and 18 for a female --- because by then the man had established himself and could afford a wife.
In many cultures where polygamy is practiced, most relationships are monogamous and those that are polygamous are often an older male with younger wives -- because he can afford them and has retired from battle life/etc to settle into the status of a tribal elder.
There are couples with vast age differences that work, there is no doubt about that. My own grandmother was 18 when she married my grandfather who was thirty something years older than she was. She had step children older than she was. My dad had a niece five years older than he was. My granddad died when my dad was 18. My grandmother always called him Mr. N__. He was dead long before I came along.
For me, if you are near to my own son's age, I just can't do it. I'd always feel like your mom. . .