We have a 27-year age gap and I was 65 when our son was born – I’m mistaken for my kids’ grandad

webnexttech | We have a 27-year age gap and I was 65 when our son was born - I'm mistaken for my kids' grandad

A couple in a 27-year age gap relationship have welcomed their second child at the ages of 38 and 65 – and say the father is often mistaken for the baby’s grandfather Gretchen Dillon, originally from Pennsylvania, met her husband, Michael, in her local supermarket in October 2014. Striking up a friendship, the pair soon realised they had romantic feelings for each other and started dating in May 2015. Despite a nearly three-decade age difference, Gretchen couldn’t deny how she felt about Michael and the pair married in February 2018. They welcomed their first son, Shannon, aged two, in October 2021, and had their second little boy, Galen, six months, in August 2023. Read more: Age-gap relationships are set to boom in 2024 – dating expert explains why Gretchen, a systems security manager had recently moved to Syracuse, New York, when she and Michael met. She said: “Michael couldn’t wait to be a father again. He already had one child and another stepchild from a previous relationship and I think his age makes him a better father. “He can’t be as physically active with our little ones, but he still loves monkeying around with little Shannon. But he’s more like a granddad because he has so much more patience.” Michael added: “People think I’m their granddad all the time but I just laugh it off,” added Michael. After meeting at a petrol station outside a supermarket, the pair quickly found themselves bumping into each other around different areas of the store and hit it off. Gretchen had just moved from Pennsylvania and was thankful to find a friendly face in Michael, an insurance adjuster. Michael – who is two years older than Gretchen’s mum – offered her a free room and job to help run his Airbnb in January 2015. Before long, their friendship developed into romance and they started dating in May. Michael’s friends thought it was odd when he told them he was dating a woman who was 27 years his junior but as soon as they met Gretchen, they could see the pair were a great match. He said: “I had friends that got mad at me, I had hired Gretchen to manage the Airbnb. I had a friend that said ‘don’t mess around’ but the relationship happened so naturally. I would come home and sit with Gretchen and we would talk and talk. We had a wonderful relationship that continues to this day.” Michael proposed to Gretchen twice – the first time in front of his family in their home in Washington D.C. during Thanksgiving 2017. Gretchen recalled: “I told him I didn’t want a big show and I didn’t want a ring – he presented me with a literal diamond rock, not on a ring. “I was so upset that he thought he could propose to me on a technicality, I said no on principle in front of his family. I cried the entire next day, we had to talk a lot. He proposed to me the second time on a sunrise kayaking trip in Florida, so I accepted.” After dating for three-and-a-half years, the pair got married in February 2018 and decided to have a baby together. Gretchen said: “I did have a friend who tried to put off the wedding saying ‘you’re going to be a widow.’ I chose to cut her out of my life.” Gretchen and Michael were married for three years before falling pregnant in January 2021. The couple welcomed their first child together in October 2021. They found out they would be having a second child together on Christmas Day in 2022. For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US She said: “We were so excited, we were really looking forward to it. It was planned with optimism and we were looking forward to the future that comes with a new baby.” Their second son, Galen, was born on August 31, 2023, at 12.31am, weighing 10lbs 6oz at Upstate Community Hospital, New York. Gretchen said: “I went through the pregnancy not knowing the gender of our baby. When I found out we were having a boy, it was so exciting. “When you meet your child it is so hard to explain, it is like you have known these child[ren] your whole life. Shannon is an enthusiastic, doting big brother – he loves giving Galen kisses. “At first I did not want kids for a very long time, we then decided it would be an epic adventure to have two children. My family felt complete with Michael before we had kids and now it is like whipped cream with cherry on top.” Michael added: “The reason I was attracted to Gretchen was because she didn’t want to get married or have children. But these two are the most fantastic thing that has ever happened to me – I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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