In one of the rarest tales of love, a man has told a life changing story of how he met and fell in love with a woman older than him with as much as sixty years.
Their rare love affair started in 2007 when the man, Gregor Collins was 32, and heeded to the advice to interview for a job as a caregiver to a 92-year-old holocaust survivor, Maria Altmann.
After the interview, in Los Angles he was lucky to be called up for the job which he never knew would end up in a love affair.
Collins, an actor and writer, feels that his relationship with Maria was the most significant of his life, according to Mirror UK.
He said, “I’d never seen someone so elegant, yet there was something childlike about her too.
“She had an insatiable curiosity about everything. We sat down together as if we were the only two people in the room.
“And she listened to me not with her ears but with her heart. On that morning my life changed, and believe me, I don’t just let any girl sweep me off my feet.
“I set everything aside for the next three years until her death, the first of someone I truly loved in my entire life. Our connection was immediate. It was like we had met in another life.”
The writer added, “Despite the age difference between us, I would daily forget she was what others may consider old. We both felt like we were in our 20s, and we would admit that to each other regularly, without it ever getting uncomfortable. It was just perfectly magical.
“My friends were really supportive and were all eager to meet her. I was very selective about who I introduced her to, though.
“It was like I was taking them to meet my new girlfriend, and all the butterflies that come with that. The last thing I wanted was for a woman with such gentility, who in many ways saw me as perfect, to see me with a bunch of goons.”
Unfortunately, after about 37 months of a great relationship, the woman finally died.
She died four years after Collins began the job precisely on February 7, 2011.
“I stood there and watched her take her last breaths.
“I didn’t want Maria before I met her, but I needed her once I did. We were exactly what we both needed.
At the funeral her daughter Margie came up to me and said, “You were the last great love of my mother’s life.”
“To hear it said aloud from a family member brought tears of gratitude, and humility – that I had the chance to make someone’s last three years on earth a pleasure.
“Since I met Maria I’ve done some of the best creative work of my life.
“She guides me in everything I do. True love never ends.”