A 20-year-old US woman is already a grandmother, after getting engaged to a man 29 years her senior.
Photographer Hannah Ennis from Illinois, met her 49-year-old fiancé Sam Pruett in September 2019 when they started working together at the local sheriff's office as correctional officers.
“We became great friends almost instantly. We hung out at game nights, went on little adventures, and grew closer,” Hannah said.
“Before we knew it, we were falling in love. And it progressed quickly from there.”
Although she admits dating Sam was not on her mind initially, saying “I honestly thought he was a little stubborn and old. I never pictured myself dating him.”
The pair started officially dating on Valentine’s Day 2020. Then in July this year, the couple both decided to quit their jobs and move to Texas to start a new life together by the Gulf Sea.
And on August 1, less than six months after first dating, Hannah proposed to Sam at their favourite spot by the ocean.
“Our families thought we were crazy though. Since I am younger, my family thought Sam was only with me because I am young,” Hannah said.
“Sam's family thought I was only in it for the money, which is crazy considering when we met I was making more than him.
“Overall, everyone has come around to loving and accepting us.”
Despite Sam already having four grown up children from his previous marriage, kids are most certainly still on Hannah’s radar.
Whilst Sam’s children, who are all older than Hannah avoid calling her mum, she has become a step-grandma to Sam’s grandchildren and loves it when they call her nana.
“The kids obviously don’t call me mum, but the grandkids do call me nana. It’s like Hannah, but with a grandma twist,” she explained.
The couple get odd looks when out together, with strangers often mistaking them for father and daughter – the pair have learnt to laugh this off.
“People don’t say much, but the stares are real,” she said.
“My all-time favourite comment was when I was in the hospital a few months ago and the doctor asked, ‘Your dad is in the lobby and has asked you to come back’. I replied, ‘Sir that’s my fiancé’.”
Hannah believes that their relationship is much more special than her previous flings with boys her own age as Sam is less immature and more respectful than her former boyfriends.
“Our relationship just works. There are a few little flaws such as the way we each do things, having slightly different ideas about parenting and different life experiences, but nothing major,” she said.
“When you love someone, you just know it. You don’t have to question it.
“Even if they are twenty-nine years older, your soul will let you know.”
Additional reporting Media Drum World/Australscope.