We met online but in a time when there was no Tinder, so no swiping! We had our first date in April of 2013 at a Korean restaurant near Dan’s place downtown in the Flatiron District. Exactly three years later we got engaged at the dog park next door, with our dog Ugo delivering the ring.
In between, we went on many journeys, but the most important ones brought us closer together. We discovered how much fun we could have together just watching our dog run and play. . . and how much comfort we could bring each in moments of pain and disappointment. We took our time, but we ended up exactly where we wanted – with the love and friendship we had been waiting for.
In raising a child we value education above all things. With us you can be sure your child will have the opportunity to have the best possible education. We both have a strong sense of morality and family values and this is what we want to pass to a child. Family for us is very important - we believe a parent's job is to be always present for a child, giving them support, love and time. We are fortunate enough to have flexible jobs. As a writer Simona works from home and have time and energy to take care of a child full time.
Dan runs his own company and he also wants to be involve as much as possible in raising a child.
It also important for us to raise a child in a multicultural environment - Simona is Italian and she would like to speak to the baby in her mother language from the very beginning, raising them bilingual.
Our everyday life is simple and interesting at the same time. We see lots of movies, concerts, Broadway shows together - everything New York has to offer! But we also like spending time at home, watching tv, reading the paper, just being lazy. Simona likes to cook and she is a great cook(this is Dan's speaking). She makes a terrific lasagna that she makes from scratch. She also enjoying making "minestrone" a vegetable soup very popular in Italy.
Simona is very fond of classical ballet. She always jokes that she would love to have a little ballerina to raise and to take to class, buy ballet clothes and fix her hair. Dan is still mad for sports – he especially likes going to Citi Field for Mets games. He literally can not wait to have a baby to bring to sport events with him.
Our perfect weekend starts with breakfast at the Le Pain Quotidien Café in Central Park, where Ugo plays with other dogs and we talk with parents with kids, imagining when it will be our time to push the stroller. It is such a happy way to start the day!
We are lucky to live in a magical place for children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Central Park is practically in our backyard — one block away from our apartment. It is filled with playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, nature walks, bike trails, boat trips, and one of the best merry go rounds you’ll ever ride. The world-famous Museum of Natural History — home to an amazing dinosaur collection and the “Night at the Musem” movies — is also right around the corner. So is Lincoln Center, which features all kinds of special theater, music, and movie programs for kids.
There’s also a Children’s Museum, another terrific park with more tennis courts and playing fields nearby, and a kid-friendly bike trail a few blocks away on the Hudson River. We also have some of the best schools — public and private — in the entire city. And our block just happens to host one of New York’s best Halloween parties of the year, with families coming from all over Manhattan to trick or treat and see the crazy creative decorations on all the brownstones. The rest of the year our block is quiet, leafy, and home to charming Episcopal church with a beautiful new garden.
It’s no wonder our neighborhood is chock full of families from all over the world with happy kids and doggies — and why we chose to live here. It’s one of the most wonderful, welcoming places you could imagine to raise a child.
My wife is a wonderful mix of passionate, caring, strong, and brave. One of the things I admire most about her is how she is always open to new experiences and ready for adventure. In fact, when she was 28 she decided to leave a career as a medical researcher to pursue the dream of becoming a writer. She worked extremely hard and made herself into a widely respected journalist for one of the most prestigious magazines in the country. Then she took the leap to move to New York on her own (and I am so lucky she did!). Another thing I really admire about her is her character — she holds herself to high moral standards and always strives to treat people with decency and respect. She is committed to passing along these same strong ethical values to a child we are blessed enough to care for. She is also committed to sharing her sense of openness to the world — she is excited to raise a bilingual Italian-English child!
One of the first things people notice about my husband is he is super smart and knowledgable about lots of things. He teaches me stuff that I don't know every day. He is also very curious and, like me, loves to explore and learn more about the world around him. But the people who know him best see that he is a caring, loving, honorable man, what I would call a really really really good, solid guy. That’s what I admire most in him -- his absolute absence of malice and cynicism. He believes the best about people (and animals too!). Sometimes I joke with him that he is too nice! He is a also very loyal friend — he has lots of them all over the country and he really works at staying in touch with them and maintaining their connection. I should know — we are best friends and he is devoted to taking care of me and making me happy. For all these reasons I am sure he is going to make a great dad. It’s something he’s wanted for a long, long time — to have a son or daughter who he can teach, inspire, protect, love.