Yes, it's been quick. Some of you getting this e-mail might say, "I didn't even know they were dating!" But our experience just goes to show the truth of the statement that "when you know, you know." That is the truth for us, in any event. We are old enough (ahem) to know what we want, and to recognize that we have found it.
We met at our friend Gila's fabulous housewarming party at the end of June, and a week later, went on our first date to Tel Aviv's Fiesta Latina, where we got to eat together, drink together, dance together, talk together, and navigate crowds together--all pretty good ways to check out compatibility.
We started spending more and more time together, and soon we realized that we didn't want to be apart. Gayle's parents' visit to Israel gave us a chance to make that decision public and official.
That's it. Our history is short and sweet. We've instead been spending a lot of time talking about the future, and we're excited about our prospects. We will "raise a house in Israel," as the Jewish saying goes. We will keep trying to make each other's days brighter and easier as we pursue our separate careers and enter into the joint adventure of raising children. We will always have an open guest room and a cup of good French press/plunger coffee to offer to the friends and family, near and far, who are part of our lives.