A teacher who started dating an accountant purely for his money discovered she actually loved him and now they are engaged despite her mother vowing never to meet him.
Early childhood educator, Anna Fuller, 23, from Ontario first met an accountant, Rob Hunter, 47, at a bar while she was out for her 17th birthday and admits that to begin with, ‘it was about money’.
But after getting to know him, Anna developed ‘serious feelings’ for Rob and was impressed by the way he supported her with all her issues and problems, and let her be herself.
They have now been together six years and Anna accepted when Rob popped the question while they were on holiday in Mexico earlier this month.
‘The night I was out for my birthday and he was out with his friend for the weekend, we met outside a bar – I told him I was 18,’ Anna recalled of their first meeting.
‘At first it was about the money for me, as I was a young teenager who grew up in a pretty low-class family and I was used to being spoiled and getting whatever, I wanted regardless, so in my head the thought of an older man with security fit the bill – no pun intended.
‘After getting to know him, I decided I had serious feelings for him too and I think it was mainly because he let me be the loud, obnoxious teenager I was and accepted that about me; dealing with all my issues and problems like they were his.
‘He really cared, and he did everything in his power to show me that. I think what attracted him to me was my ability to always be able to have fun, I was super energetic and loud and funny.
‘Not to mention I was also much younger which at the start of our relationship I’m sure had an impact.
‘Although we do plan to get married one day – years from now not in the near future – we don’t plan on having children together he has two of his own, while I have five siblings and work with young children.
‘I also like to spoil and spend money on myself a lot, so I just don’t feel like kids are on the cards for me in general, or for us and our relationship.
‘Rob has two kids of his own and we get along. They’re teenagers so they’re kind of in the stage of doing their own thing now. I met them after eight months of dating Rob.’
Coming from a close-knit family, Anna says the most difficult part of her relationship with Rob was when she moved in with him, as she is now four hours away from her home.
‘Personally, the age gap hasn’t affected me that much. I moved out three months after meeting Rob and stayed in my town for three years and then moved to his town four hours away,’ she said.
‘It affects me in the sense that I miss my family because I come from a big very close-knit family. For Rob not much has changed – other than he has a built-in maid now.
‘At first my family lost their minds. They were livid and the only person I had that accepted us from the start was my grandma and she passed away in January 2016