In a world where youthful romance often grabs the spotlight, there’s an underrepresented narrative that is equally rich in passion, adventure, and the joy of companionship. We’re talking about love that blossoms later in life—stories that prove that romantic magic has no expiration date, even as one navigates the complexities of aging, family dynamics, and modern relationships.
This article aims to bring you one such heartwarming tale, that of Claude, 82 and Lusia, 83, as they delve into the intricacies of finding love in the golden years. Their story touches upon the power of technology in modern dating, the beautiful surprises that life has to offer when you least expect them, and the timeless wisdom that only years of experience can bring.
From their first encounter over coffee that lasted three enchanting hours, to their decision to start a new chapter together in sunny Mexico, Claude and Lusia share a love story that is as delightful as it is insightful. They remind us that love can indeed be sweeter the second (or third, or fourth) time around, offering lessons that younger generations can learn from, and demonstrating how love later in life can rejuvenate your very soul.
Read on to learn about their first impressions, challenges, dreams, and the evergreen romantic spark that keeps their relationship invigorating. Whether you’re young and navigating the complicated world of relationships, or you’re older and pondering whether to take that leap of faith into love again, this story is a testament to the boundless possibilities that await when two hearts connect, no matter the age.
ORIGINS OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP
How did the two of you meet?
The modern way! My daughter Julia told me about a dating site for mature people, and I decided to give it a try. I used it on and off and met a few men who certainly did not intrigue me. I had almost given up when I clicked on an interesting looking gentleman, and he responded back. We chatted and met shortly after that and of course the rest is history.
What was your first impression of each other?
We first met up at Tim Hortons to of course scope each other out and a brief first meeting turned into nonstop conversation for over 3 hours as the conversation continued it felt like I was sitting with my best friend whom I had already known for years. It was very comfortable and familiar.
Was there a specific moment when you knew this relationship was special?
It all ties into our first meeting as stated above. I knew I was interested in this going further.
ON FINDING LOVE LATER IN LIFE
Did you ever think you would find love at this stage in your lives?
Not really but I was a bit hopeful that I could possibly meet someone to be able to socialize with or travel or go to movies, but I did not want to get my hopes of actually meeting anyone, so I downplayed it. The fact that this ended up being so much more is wonderful! I still feel like I have a lot of life to live and it certainly would be nicer with someone to share it with.
What does finding love later in life teach you about timing and fate?
It teaches me that love does not have an expiry date. It can happen anytime, anywhere, at any age. It is never too late to find it again and it is worth it as it truly helps you feel young again.
How is this relationship different from ones you’ve had earlier in life?
We both know what we want, are somewhat set in our ways and luckily agree on most things, but what’s a relationship without at bit of banter and spice if we don’t disagree sometimes that would be boring.
What challenges, if any, did you face when you decided to be together?
Not real challenges, as we lived not too far from each other. We joke that the biggest challenge was getting alone time as we both live with other people.
How did your family react to your relationship?
Everyone was very happy, welcoming and encouraging from both sides. It made it so much nicer to have everyone’s support and be accepted.
ON MOVING TO MEXICO
Why did you choose Mexico as the place to begin this new chapter together?
Claude already has a residence there and it was the natural choice. Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful culturally diverse city with many expatriates already there. It is warm, near the ocean and has endless things to do for fun. Sounds perfect to me!
What are you looking forward to the most in Mexico?
The sun and the ocean and finally alone time with Claude! Also getting to know PV, exploring together and being introduced to all he knows there and living our lives together.
Do you have any concerns or challenges regarding the move?
Truthfully not too many. Of course, I will miss my kids, grandkids, great grand kids, but in today’s modern age I can video chat with them as much as I want and we will still come back for occasions and holidays. In truth I do not see all the family all the time, it’s usually occasions so that works! We also had paperwork to sort out for the move, necessary but a bit of a pain!
ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE
What does love mean to you now, compared to when you were younger?
Love is love, only now perhaps I get to appreciate it and cherish more as we near the end of our time on earth and being retired have a lot more free time to actually enjoy it.
What advice would you give to younger couples about love and relationships?
It’s pretty simple, be honest, trust in each other, be loyal and support each other, never go to bed angry, and reach out for help if you hit bumps in the road as well as always communicate with each other. Do not let things fester and become mountains out of mole hills.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
We are both big flirts so that helps. We do new things everyday. We are out and about all the time whether it’s visiting, eating out, shopping, or any other activity we may come up with. Keep busy together, share experiences and the romance will be there as long as you follow the same advice above I gave to young people.
SHARED INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Do you have shared hobbies or activities that you enjoy together?
We are still discovering a lot about each other, but we both like being together doing almost anything. We have been shopping, visiting, going for dinners, travelling, going to events and festivals, etc. I am looking forward to experiencing and doing many more new things together with Claude.
Are there any new activities or experiences you’re planning to try together in Mexico?
Well, I am going to have to learn to play euchre as Claude likes to do that with friends. I look forward to getting to know the country as I have never been there and I cannot complain about ending up somewhere warm near the ocean…
REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST
Can you share a favorite memory from your time together?
Our time has still been pretty short, but my favourite memory is when we finally had some alone time. Just the 2 of us.
How do your past experiences shape your current relationship?
The best thing you can do is take what worked in the past and apply it and analyze what didn’t and steer away from it. Honesty and communication are key.
VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE
How do you envision the next few years together?
I envision a lot of fun, joy, shared experiences, walks, dinners, euchre nights, and a place we do not have to share with anyone else. Getting to know each other more and more and cherishing the moments.
What dreams or goals do you have as a couple?
To make the best of our last years together and enjoy life to the fullest.
ON TAKING RISKS
What would you say to people who might be hesitant to take a leap of faith later in life?
Go for it. What do you have to lose? Be smart of course if meeting people online, don’t be gullible and make sure you meet people in person right away to verify they are real and not scammers. Online is great to find someone but take the communication offline asap.
How do you manage any fears or uncertainties that come with making big decisions at this stage?
That is easy! Any time I have doubts and fears about such a big change Claude is the one who takes time to inspire confidence in me and reassures me that the best is yet to come and he will be there with me every step of the way making sure I have nothing to worry about.
For her: what qualities in him made you decide to embark on this new adventure?
Claude is honest, open, respectful, considerate, warm, sincere, positive with a smile on his face all the time and cracking jokes, humour is gold and his outlook on life is uplifting, not to mention he is a handsome devil!He makes me feel special, cherished and loved.
For him: How does she inspire you in your daily life?
When I wake up in the morning, her smiling face is on my mind to launch my day. Later when I see her, that same smiling face is again physically there followed by happy conversations which always start another wonderful day. Her companionship and love has enabled me to continue enjoying every day of the rest of my life