I met my darling husband at Christmas party in Naples, Italy in 2003. I was visiting my family during my winter break from college and my mom hosted a “Welcome Home” party, and invited Giuseppe and his sister, Cristiana, who lived next door. She claims that she had no intention of creating a love connection. But Giuseppe immediately caught my attention. Between my halting Italiano and his complete lack of English, we still managed to communicate.
Fast forward to Spring Break 2004. I was back in Naples for vacation and Giuseppe and I went out several times. I was smitten. After I flew back to Maryland, we kept in touch. I could not wait to see him again, but I had a public relations internship scheduled that summer in Washington, D.C. and a fall semester abroad in Rome to follow. The day my internship ended, I was on a flight to Naples. I was practically setting my luggage down in my room at my parent’s house when our gate started buzzing. I peeked out of the terrace from our kitchen and saw my Italian hottie standing outside of our villa. Giuseppe asked me (jet-lagged and desperate need of a shower) to go with him the next day on a date at his country club for a day of swimming and sun. After that, we were together every day. When I moved up to Rome, we barely spent more than three days apart at a time.
After my semester in Rome, it was time for me to return to Maryland for my final semester of undergraduate work. I spent the entire semester wishing it were over so that I could return to Giuseppe. May finally came, and he flew out for my graduation. We toured Maryland, Washington, and New York before returning to Naples together in June 2005.
I settled into my new Italian life very well. I adopted my little doggie, Sofia. I took a job at an international school at the local NATO base. I spent three years teaching first, second, and third graders. We formed the most amazing friendships, traveled a lot, and moved into a little loft apartment overlooking the port of Pozzuoli.
The night before my 24th birthday, in April 2007, Giuseppe proposed. We were married at the Chiesa dell’Annuziata (the same church where he was baptised) on June 29, 2007. The celebration that followed was epic. We rented a beach club and invited our 200 wedding guests for dinner and dancing. The seating and dancing was all set up on the beach, where we celebrated all night. It was the most amazing experience. I want to do it again. (Maybe for an anniversary…Giuseppe, amore, are you reading this?)
That next year, we lived in wedded bliss in our little loft apartment by the sea. We worked and we studied. I finished my graduate program in Human Relations and Giuseppe graduated from Veterinary School in summer 2008. Two days after Giuseppe graduated, we were on a plane to Los Angeles, where Giuseppe was placed in a radiology internship.
We have made our home in Orange County, California. Giuseppe finished his internship in July 2009, and continued to work under the direction of another veterinarian while working through the licensing program to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
On October 11th, 2009, our little family grew when we welcomed our first child, Paolo, to the world. Having a baby has been fantastic, adding a whole new dimension to our adventure. He is the most amazing little guy; it is incredible how much more enriched our already busy lives are by his presence.