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Roses and chocolates are appearing in every store, so Valentine’s Day must be upon us! While it can feel a little commercial at times, I think it’s great that we take a day to celebrate love. So why not make this article about my one and only valentine, Maria. Beyond being an amazing wife and an incredible mother to our kids, she’s my best friend. Heading into our 18th year of marriage, it’s hard to believe that we met at an event neither of us had intended to go to. How Robert Met Maria MEETING MY VALENTINE
event started, we’d said hello, and while I was nervous, I certainly had no idea I was meeting my future wife.
With some added incentive, I attended a few more meetings without my brother having to remind me. One of these meetups was a Halloween mixer, where Maria and I danced and got to talking. Incredibly, I learned
that she, too, had been dragged to that first meeting by a friend who wanted her support. Ironically, we had both come to help someone else make connections that night but ended up forming the most lasting bond of all. After exchanging phone numbers, we stopped attending these group events, preferring to go out on our own dates instead. By 2001, we
“Ironically, we had both come to help someone else make connections that night but ended up forming the most lasting bond of all.”
Back when I was still doing my residency at NYU Medical Center, my big brother was looking to build his connections in the business world. There was this youth organization for Italian Americans, almost like a coed fraternity, that he was interested in, wanting to build bridges with other community leaders. Understandably, he didn’t want to go to
these meetings alone, so I agreed to come along to a Monday night meeting to support him … and then totally forgot about it.
were married. It’s amazing what life changes can come out of seemingly insignificant moments. Now, after nearly 18 years of marriage and two sons becoming fine young men, I can say without a doubt I’m very glad my brother called to remind me about that meeting! Maria, I don’t know if we met by chance or by fate all those years ago. But what I do know is that I wouldn’t trade the life we’ve built out of that moment for anything. Thanks for being a bedrock of support all these years. I would not be the man I am without you. So, will you be my valentine?
After getting home that evening from my shift at the center, I got a call from my brother asking if I was still coming. “To what?” I remember asking blankly. I had just enough time to change clothes before my brother pulled up in his car. I suppose he could have gone without me and been fine, but in retrospect, I’m glad he didn’t. The meeting itself was a brief lecture about learning the roots of our heritage, but I admit I wasn’t paying very much attention. You see, there was a very cute girl attending the lecture with some friends. While I hadn’t come to make any business connections, I was beginning to think that coming to this meeting wasn’t so bad after all. Before the
–Dr. Robert Morea
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