Marie and I met just over six years ago thanks to OkCupid, the then-popular dating app.
We saw each other for the first time at the north east corner of Union Square and ate dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant on Mcdougal in Greenwich Village. I wanted to show her how “cultural” I am – I think it worked!
Six years later and we’re engaged, set to be married at a greenhouse in upstate New York. And I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.
In between the first date and now, however, the two of us plowed through proverbial rose bushes and held back title waves. We faltered and fought which for the most part had to do with the fact that we are very different people, raised in two different countries, speaking two different languages (Marie didn’t learn English until she was 13!) and because sometimes I’m crabby in the mornings.
Nonetheless, I can say with confidence that both of us worked hard for each other and we emerged as a couple that benefits from understanding and embracing our differences.
We do everything together. Have deep respect for one another and encourage each other every day to unapologetically be ourselves.
Despite our differences we’ve always been a good team. We’ve wired and renovated our apartment largely by hand (including cabinetry). We’ve raised an amazing dog named Milou who we take to Fort Greene dog park every morning. We’ve built a successful business that embodies our core values and beliefs, including body positivity, inclusiveness and environmentalism. And we can clear a dishwasher and fold laundry, I swear, faster than any duo on the planet.
What I love about Marie is the kindness she shows towards all living things. She’s the kind of person that sees the beauty in the underside of a flower where most people don’t think to look. Marie also has a high tolerance for people and people’s actions. Her ability to always make the best of every situation has inspired me and many of our friends to be better, more understanding people.
Practically, I admire Marie for her work ethic and unwavering focus. She is physically strong and works tirelessly to get things done. She’s calm and caring, but also sharp, like a high utility swiss army knife. I wouldn’t advise anyone to mess with Marie.
I couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come as a couple and I simply cannot be more lucky to be able to spend my life with Marie. For years I fantasized about my future partner. Needless to say young Austin would be a very happy guy with the outcome.