Now she's in her 50's, still fit and very pretty. Their child went to college and she's alone with him again.
We both suspected the age difference might be significant, but avoided the topic for as long as possible. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi threw “bunga bunga” parties while in office.
Having said that, a guy at 41 squiring a woman of 23 is far more controversial than a 71-year-old man dating a 53-year-old woman. There is an unofficial rule that exists, even though nobody seems to know where it originated. A 40-year-old should stick with someone at least 27.
Berlusconi has been accused of having sex with a woman under the legal age of consent.
That is rape in any language and has nothing to do with dating.
The late Tony Randall was 75 when he married his 24-year-old wife. Playboy founder Hugh Heffner has several girlfriends, most of them half a century his junior. So if 40 and 27 are acceptable, one could say that 41 and 26 are close enough.