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Friday 13 July 2012

Harrison Ford turns 70; how do large-age-gap couples make their relationship work?

Harrison Ford turns 70 today.

Which I am kinda not surprised about... man has been around in movies for eons. And, you know, he has the laugh lines to prove it.

It did make me think about his wife, actress Calista Flockhart (from hit TV show 'Ally McBeal').

While he blows out 70 candles on his birthday cake, she snuffs out a comparatively paltry 47.

They got together when he was younger, but now... well, she's married to a septuagenarian.

Not that there's anything wrong with that of course, but it got me thinking about what couples with a large age gap give up in order to stay together.

Having kids is the big one. Does the older partner feel that they are 'done' in that department when they meet... yet the younger partner want to have kids? This could be the case even if they already have kids [like Calista Flockhart did when they met], though especially if they don't.

And then there is the social life aspect - what stage is the older partner at? Does the younger partner have more desire to get amongst it, while the older partner - well, slippers and trackies all the time is vastly appealing.

Of course, there is an exception to every rule. As an example: I am slightly older than my husband and yet I have far more energy and enthusiasm to 'do stuff', go out, have fun, than he does. But then, it has always been this way.

Can you relate to this large age gap dynamic? How do you make it work?

Cue 'Sex & The City' reference, where Samantha Jones dates a much, much older man:


  1. so what about the age difference? i am 43 and my fiance is almost 60! We are extremely happy and we keep each other young!

  2. I could not agree more, Anon... anything goes when it comes to partnerships. I have seen it in action - successfully.