You are mourning the loss of your son at his funeral services. I know, a very grim thing to imagine. You’ve lost your husband of 43 years to diabetes so things aren’t going that great for you. You spot a cute young fella in the pew next to you, and your eyes widen. That is my soulmate. The eulogy can wait; I need to get laid.
Believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened to this 72 year old grandma during the funeral for her 45 year old son.
Almeda said: “I’d noticed this young man with a lovely smile during the service and thought, ‘Wow, this is the one.’
“He was on the other side of the church, but I kept looking over at him. It was like a bright light through the grief.
“Then, as I was walking to the door at the end, he came over and passed on his condolences. We didn’t have much time, but it was enough.” -NYPost.com
Almeda and Gary’s love story began at a funeral, and continued a few weeks later when Gary’s aunt arranged a meet up at a local Chuck E. Cheese. A totally normal place for a 70 year old, 40 year old and 18 year old to hang out.
“He was just as I remembered,” said Almeda. “That smile, those good looks. We were both too nervous to eat and at one point he fell over his chair.”
Gary proposed two weeks after their first date and 6 days and $200 later the two were married. Nicholas Sparks can have this one for free. I can see Charlize Theron and Jay Baruchel during the funeral scene now.
Almeda is the scariest type of grandma–a socially active oversharer. She has a YouTube channel Girl’s Talk where she frequently discusses her romantic life with her 18 year old husband in specific detail. My mom posts on Facebook about her lunch and I get nervous. Hearing your grandma talk about kissing on YouTube with 30,000 views?
But the gag is, Gary left his 77 year old ex girlfriend for Almeda
Gary, whose attraction to older women started with a crush on a teacher at the age of 8, said he had also been in turmoil, feeling trapped in an unhappy relationship with his 77-year-old lover.
“We were always fighting,” said Gary. “I fell into depression and was looking for a way out.”
That’s when Lisa, his aunt, invited him to join other mourners for her husband, Robert’s, cremation.
Nothing cheers me up more than joining mourners at a cremation. What was Gary’s aunt Lisa thinking? Oh my nephew, who has been depressed due to his relationship with his elderly girlfriend, could probably use a pick me up at a cremation ceremony! Be less helpful aunt Lisa.
Actually now that I think about it aunt Lisa had to have known there was a cougar widow looking for her soulmate at this funeral, and who was it that invited the couple to Chuck E. Cheese weeks later? AUNT LISA.
I really am happy for Almeda though, we all deserve to find love.
“I’d turn up for work at Walmart in tears and my colleagues would ask me what was wrong. Deep down, I was searching for a soulmate.”