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Dear Francis: How Old Is Too Old?

By Anonymous

"Is it right for your significant other to be significantly older or younger than you are? How far could you stretch the age gap before your relationship is deemed socially unacceptable?"

Love has no limits or set boundaries and we are capable of loving at any age unless, of course, you are pushing your significant other in a wheel chair. There isn’t an age limit on someone you could fall in love with unless that love violates the law. There is no way to predict what form love could come in. For example, Catherine Zeta Jones and Micheal Douglass are twenty-five years apart and happily married with children. Demi Moore is twenty years older than Ashton Kutcher and they are also in a loving relationship. The most important thing to remember is to be careful, as with any relationship. If you aren’t comfortable in a certain situtation or relationship, make it known.

Apparently, if you go on Wikipedia, there is a mathematical rule to determine if the age gap in a certain relationship is socially acceptable. The rule is known as the "half-your-age-plus-seven rule." Basically, you take the older person’s age, divide it by two, and then add seven. The resulting number should be less than or equal to the younger person’s age. But in all honesty, you can’t judge your relationship against mathematical formulas and social standards. If you’re in love and you think it is right, go for it; just make sure, you’re not breaking any Federal laws.