We always like to start the story of how we met with “we met the old fashion way”. We indeed met at a restaurant in Manhattan. During the weekend there was food and dancing at the restaurant. It was the moment of the night where the crowd was starting to dance to really good music. We made eye contact, a discussion started, and the rest is history. Our first date was at a small restaurant in the West Village. Apparently, it's known to have many celebrity sightings given its location. Dev picked it because it was intimate and unpretentious. When we got there the restaurant was almost empty. We both were seated at a nice table. We were learning about each other, so we talked a lot about our backgrounds, large families, what we were doing in New York City, what we wanted to accomplish in our lives, how Marc had come on his date after a long Jazz dance class from Steps on Broadway. Dev was in a business suit and had come straight from work. Dev found it quite interesting listening to Marc with his cute French accent and about his life in NY. We discussed many things and knew we would want to continue to see each other. We found so many things were different and the same about us. We both were raised in very large families. We both spoke two languages each. We both loved to cook. We both loved entertaining our friends and most importantly we both were open to adventure and creating a path forward where we both keep each other happy and energized about life.
We love entertaining our friends and family at home by cooking French or Indian food. We recently bought a house with a terrace so lots of our friends are coming to visit and spend time outside in the sun. Both our parents are already onboard to visit New York and provide us coaching, guidance and support along the way. We are thinking of having the child study in the fantastic New York schools where they can experience multiple languages, cultures and traditions and learn around a very diverse group of other children. We have actually already found a network of French speaking parents that are ready to advise us from their own experiences. One of the most important things for us is to provide the child with the best education so they are prepared for the world when they grow up. Both of us received the best education which has allowed us to find success and stability. We hope to provide the child with the same quality education so he/she can use that to find their own path in the future. In a global world, we also believe the child should speak multiple languages. Given we speak 3 languages in our house, we expect to communicate with the baby in all three and hope this allows the baby to ultimately expand its world views.
When God was giving out happiness, Marc was first in line and probably got more than the normal allotment. He is the joy of any party. He is always happy and makes those around him feel joyous. He can walk into any room and light it up with his large personality, his smile, his positive energy. He doesn't worry about perceptions, rather sets the trends. He is fair. He is adventurous. He brings out the best in us. He can make anyone laugh and that probably why everyone seems to want to be around him. He’s goofy and playful. He pushes me to shed the normative ways and pushes me to learn, grow and experience new ways. He is soft, and very caring and immensely supportive. I know that all these qualities will make him a fantastic dad. He pulls me onto the dance floor to be the first couple to dance, when everyone else is awkwardly watching. Without him, I would be the one standing on the sidelines watching as others have fun. With him, I willingly go onto any dance floor.
Dev represents many things for me. I am extremely proud of him all the time when we learn something together, when he shares his knowledge on things that I have no clue about, or when he makes the effort to learn French for the future of our family. I admire his strength, thoroughness and decision-making process. I feel protected when he is with me. I also love his moments of weakness and when he shares his doubt and needs in life. I know that these qualities will make him a wonderful dad.
I (Marc) used to like not having plans when I go for a walk and he loves to have them. Now I like to plan things with him, so he feels comfortable, and I love when our plans transform, and we decide to let go and take things as they come. We know that compromise is what makes a relationship work and also know that once we have a child, there will be even more compromises to make. We can’t wait!