A couple with a 61-year age difference is exploring IVF to start a family and fulfill their dream.
In 2019, 24-year-old Miracle Pogue met 85-year-old Charles Pogue while working at a laundrette. The couple hit it off, and in February 2020, Charles, a retired estate agent, proposed to Miracle.
Miracle, from Starkville, Mississippi, reminisced about how they met and fell in love, saying:
"Charles used to bring in one item of clothing and only wanted me to serve him."
"One day he waltzed in there and threw a piece of paper down and said 'write down your number' like he's a player. He was my knight in shining armor."
"We had a good vibe going, he didn't make me feel weird. It was good conversation, he made me feel comfortable."
"I knew he was older but I didn't know his age exactly."
When I found out I was in too deep, it was a couple of months in and I already had feelings for him. He was my baby and he wasn't going anywhere.
"I don't care if he's 100 or 55, I like him for him. I thought he was maybe 60 or 70 because he looks so good. He's always up and active."
Miracle stated that her mother Tamika Phillips, 45, and grandfather Joe Brown, 72, were supportive of their relationship from the start.
Still, her father Kareem Phillips, 47, took a bit longer to accept it. Eventually, he accepted the couple and walked Miracle down the aisle at her wedding with Charles.
Despite their significant age gap, the couple is eager to start a family and is presently investigating IVF as a means to do so.
Miracle said: "I want him to have another generation. We're looking to go to an IVF clinic to talk about our options."
"We went to an IVF clinic before but we really felt the pre-judgment even though they don't know me and it was quite overwhelming."
"Now I'm forgetting it as long as they give me my baby. Maybe Charles's age will stop us from having children but I have an open mind, it may not work."
"I worry about Charles. At Thanksgiving he got Covid and I broke down, I prepared myself, but the way he gets up and goes every day he's not going anywhere."
"We prepare for things and he says he might not be here in five years. I tell him he will and he'll outlive us all."
"I know realistically I'll be around longer than him so I try to live and have fun and experience as much as I can with him. We try to live it up."