72-year-old man says having son with wife, 27, is 'happiest time' in his life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 5:48pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 4:35pm

A 27-year old woman in a rural area in Hunan province has married a 72-year-old man, bearing him a son, in a perfect embodiment of love between the generations.

Ningxiang county villager Zhang Feng gave birth to a son in August this year. The child’s father was Wen Changlin, a man 45 years older than her but who she has known for 12 years, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported.

Wen, whose wife died many years ago, has some medical training which he used to care for Zhang and her father, both suffering from long-term illnesses, since 2001. He soon moved in with the family to allow him to take better care of them, and remained in the family home after Zhang’s father passed away in 2006.

In 2009, when Zhang finally fully recovered from her ailment and Wen proposed to move out, the young woman realised Wen was the only man she knew who could offer her security.

She then turned down all other dates her mother planned for her before she decided to pay a visit to Wen’s house.

“I would like to stay and take care of you. I’d like to live with you,” Zhang said in a candid and bold confession, and eventually convinced him they should be together.

The two married each other in April last year. “Now is the happiest time in my life,” Wen, who plays with his son every day, told the newspaper.

Asked how long they would have together, Zhang said she was not worried and that her husband was even healthier than her. She said she expected they would live happily for a long time.

“And I can take care of our son by myself, until he grows up,” she told the newspaper.