Falling in Real Love – at 149

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Shira and Ari. Photo, by Jona.

Early on Monday morning in the quietest residential neighborhood in Phoenix, I was preparing to say goodbye to my fiancé Shira before driving home.

Without warning, she uttered the eight sweetest, most mellifluous words ever to swim into my ears:

I can’t wait to start living with you.”

Like a snowball sunning himself in the Arizona desert, I melted.

Even though engaged couples exchange millions of words, Shira’s engraved golden affirmation will continue to illumine our united path and united life as long as we breathe.

Shira’s enormous array of gentle and generous traditional moral values would redden the faces of many religious persons I know.

Her delicate, modestly underscored supply of unbreakable courage straightens her spine and exhaustively informs a brilliantly illumined mind.

Betty Crocker may have gone to her heavenly reward. Were she among us, Shira’s kitchen wizardry would force Betty into a permanent blush of insecurity.

When Shira is not creating innovative nutritional miracles, we spend our pre-marital evenings dining

Aleksey Galibov, left, and Jona (pronounced ‘Yona’), are the 149-year-old couple’s favorite employees at La Bella

at La Bella’s pizzeria in Peoria, the lone kosher eatery in Shira’s neighborhood, as you can see.

Hail to the Ages

Thankfully, G-d did not place an age limit on falling in love, fortunate for us because our combined ages reach 149 years.

Our relationship formed, melded and matured with a rapidity that chuckled this summer at the man-made speed limit.

Because 400 miles separates our homes, we started our exploration by telephone – every day for three weeks, two to four hours at a time.

My matchmaker, Laurie Young (Seattle Shadchan & Associates), led me to a website for Orthodox singles, where Shira and I met.

Laurie’s advice: “Tell the person what you like about him or her.  Be generous with kind words.

 “Ari, I know Shira gives to you in so many ways. Giving is the ultimate act of love. Not by accident, the Hebrew word for love means ‘to give.’”

Late on every Shabbos afternoon, my wisest senior friend – married for six decades — and I stroll a noiseless neighborhood near our synagogue. “You know,” he said last week, “you and Shira are having more fun than most people your age.”

This, of course, is to Shira’s credit, as is the jet-fueled success of our magical relationship, which parallels living in Disneyland, except Shira is real. Really.


And only my gratitude for her shimmering, other-worldly presence equals my love for her.

7 Comments on “Falling in Real Love – at 149”

  1. Sandy Toroni

    To my friend Shira….What a Wonderful Story! I wish you both all the best and look forward to meeting Ari when he is in Arizona….

  2. Robert zirgulis

    Ari, I liked meeting your betrothed at the chamber breakfast. You both seem like such a happy couple perfect for each other. Good luck.

  3. James

    Hello there Ari and Shira,

    We are so phenomenally joyous for you two, and our prayers, wishes are until the end of time. Blessings and Honor to the happy couple.

    J and J Forte’

  4. Matchmaker Laurie

    It takes brave, giving souls to fall in love at any age. You two are a great example. Wishing you many healthy years to enjoy life together.

  5. Jona

    Ari Im glad to be part and witness of your love. Thanks for mentioning me and alex . It would be great to meet you and your wife again, at La Bella .

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