Jenna Briand met her husband at a bar in New York City and hit it off instantly. Except that when they parted for the night, he refused to exchange numbers. He asked for her name and requested that she meet him again, same time, same place, four days later. Thinking it was quirky, but endearing, she did.
But Mrs. Briand started to become suspicious of a man that vehemently eschewed e-mail, texting, and phone calls. She couldn’t imagine that he only wanted to discover her face-to-face and didn’t have something (a wedding ring, perhaps?) that he was hiding. But he wasn’t married – just a hopeless romantic.
They married a year later, finding that the no-technology policy paid off. They celebrated their twelve year anniversary this year, with Jenna’s husband having maintained a thoroughly non-technological slant for the majority of that time.
However, one night, the Briands found themselves in bed on two different iPads, watching The Daily Show and House of Cards, respectively. They were enjoying alone time together, an important part of every long-term relationship, but Jenna noticed that this was the fourth or fifth night in a row that had ended this way. So she shut off the iPad, turned to her husband and asked about his day. They talked for hours and decided that those moments succeeded in bringing them closer than the past five nights just sitting next to each other.
Technology is an important part of our courting system now. It’s not a bad thing – just something to be aware of. Taking time to shut off the iPad and enjoy your partner face-to-face without a screen between you is what being in love is all about.
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