Saturday, October 8, 2016

Grandfather Marries Granddaughter?

                        This story has all the earmarks of a hoax. Let’s fervently hope it is one.

                In what is becoming an increasingly frequent- and distressing- phenomenon, a 68-year-old Florida grandfather recently learned that he had mistakenly married his biological granddaughter, according to a “” story. Apparently, gramps and his 24-year-old bride tied the knot a little over three months ago and are currently living in Miami.
                According to the site, the couple discovered “the unfortunate coincidence” as they leafed through one of his old photo albums. The album included photos of the man’s children from his first marriage, from whom he had long been estranged. The Post reported that his wife recognized her husband’s eldest son as being her own father. “When I saw my father in that photo album, I just felt an overwhelming sense of despair,” she told the paper.
                This is the third marriage for the man, according to the story. His second marriage supposedly ended in divorce in 2009 amidst financial strife. Two years later, he won several million dollars in a lottery jackpot. The young woman became estranged from her husband’s son and daughter-in-law after becoming pregnant as a teenager. She was working as an exotic dancer in Jacksonville when the pair met through a dating website.
                “I just felt strange when I saw her photos [on the site],” the man said. “It was like a sense of déjà vu, but at the time I couldn’t figure out why she seemed so familiar,” reported the Post.
                According to the post, the couple have not been named and insist that they have no plans to get a divorce.
                “If we’d never found out, we would’ve lived our lives happily together, and us being related shouldn’t change that,” the man said.
                 Related? Immediate family members? Who would let a little thing like that get in the way of marital bliss? Apparently, not a growing number of people, judging by recent news reports.
                I’m sure the facts, if this account is indeed true, that he’s a multi-millionaire and she was an exotic dancer have nothing to do with their joint decision to bravely overcome any obstacles in their marriage path.
                                All together now: All You Need Is Love!
                                Tolerance…pass it on.
                (A number of prominent websites have apparently reported this story as fact. It is, for obvious reasons, difficult for me to believe… even in the Age of Obama. On the off chance that it’s true, the above is my take on it).

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