I didn’t know them personally, but my mother’s grandparents had a vast age difference. 23 years to be exact. They married when she was only around 18 and he was in his 40’s, and they loved each other deeply. I have heard many stories thought my life about the two of them and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I feel like Charlie and Monroe together isn’t just ok, but actually right.
My great-grandparents were married for more than 20 years before he passed away when he was in his 60’s and she was in her 40’s. In that time they had 5 beautiful children together, including my grandmother.
A couple of years after he passed away, some friends of hers thought it was time for her to move on and find someone else to spend her life with, she was still fairly young after all and could use the help raising her children. Her response to this? This is something that I have heard often in my life and I have loved this story every time. She responded by saying that…
“I have already met and married and gotten to love the man that I was supposed to be with, he was the love of my life and no one else, no matter how nice they may be, will ever live up to the love I had and still have for my husband. It wouldn’t be fair to either of us to pretend otherwise.”
And she never remarried, always claiming that she was lucky enough to have found what she had at such a young age and that was all she would ever need.
So to anyone who has thought that it’s “unrealistic” to have two characters be together with such a drastic age gap, I would just like to point out that I wouldn’t be here today, to ship these two wonderful characters, if my great-grandparents had felt that way.