In love again: 'She’s meeting her boyfriend's family and sis is a 65-year-old bag of nerves'

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Angela Joyce with her partner Dennis Govender. Image via @_KingKarabo/ Twitter
Angela Joyce with her partner Dennis Govender. Image via @_KingKarabo/ Twitter
  • Angela Joyce had been going to the same church as 63-year-old Dennis Govender for a while but they didn't interact much.
  • But cupid came knocking at a church event organized by the church's senior citizens where Dennis asked Angela for a dance.
  • It's been 11 months since then and the rest, as they say, is history.

When Angela started communicating with Dennis, she didn't expect to fall in love but as fate (and her son) would have it, she did. 

"I was married to my husband for 35 years, and he died five years ago," Angela says. Her son, Karabo, was the one who gave her the push to try again. "He was always saying I should at least find a friend," Angela says.

READ MORE: ‘I realised that I'm polyamorous just before I turned 30’ - Cape Town woman on learning to love

Angela was not scared to fall in love again after her husband passed, she was hesitant. And her sentiments are quite common as being with someone new later in life comes as a package, such as getting to know your partner's family, including children, grandchildren, and possibly an ex-wife - that can be daunting.

Angela shares that being in love at 65 years old is a different but unique kind of love. "At this age, you look at things with a different perspective, including love. You learn to appreciate the small things and everything matters, and this time love feels so amazing because you cherish it a lot more," she says. 

READ MORE: Neighbours instead of roommates: This young couple is happily married, but living apart

Finding yourself in love at 65-years-old is one thing, but imagine finding yourself trending because of it. That's what happened when Karabo posted on Twitter that his mom was nervous to meet Dennis' family.

The tweet read: "Please pray for my mother. Nothing is wrong but she’s meeting her boyfriend's family today and sis is a 65 year old bag of nerves!"

"I was surprised. I am shocked by the number of people who liked the tweet and how people wanted to know more. It was heartwarming," Angela says.

"Love has no age. As long as you have life, you can find love if you are prepared to venture. Don't be scared, yes, the ocean is deep, but we all have someone for us." 

The meeting with the family went well and Joyce got back home at a decent hour - as Karabo shared on the day posting: "It’s 8:23pm and she just got home!!"

The couple is also glad to have reached another milestone in their relationship.

READ MORE: Reunited after 35 years, high school sweetheart proposes to Clicks store manager in viral video

Karabo is very happy that his mom is in love again. "I always want her to be happy, and her boyfriend makes her happy. It's also interesting to see her like a lovesick puppy. I laugh a lot," he says.

Do you have an interesting love story to share? Tell us about it here.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are you most looking forward to buying this Black Friday?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It looks like the pandemic is still far from over, so more loungewear
17% - 23 votes
The lockdown has made me want to invest more in homeware and furniture, so I'll be adding those to my Black Friday cart
26% - 36 votes
I'm going to use it to get a headstart on Christmas gifting
38% - 53 votes
Footwear is all about comfort this year, so definitely sneakers
13% - 18 votes
It's a good time to get discounted wigs and other beauty essentials
6% - 8 votes
Vote