Their moms were best friends and had gotten pregnant at about the same time; thus, they ‘met’ each other as babies and went on plenty of play dates – but who would have thought that 20 years later they would get married?
Aviyah and Yonaton Atkin are from Israel. As babies, they were introduced to each other by their moms who were best friends. They enjoyed playing with each other and since they were the same age, they went to the same class together.
For kindergarten graduation, they were partners and had to recite a rhyme together about brushing teeth, recalls Aviyah.
It was in fifth grade when Aviyah developed feelings for Yonaton but she also found him a bit annoying, then. The following year, Yonaton saw her in a different light and began posting love notes on her school locker.
By seventh grade, Yonaton and Aviyah officially became a couple – and had been together since then.
In 2013, while helping decorate Yonaton’s house for Jewish holiday Sukkot, Aviyah received the surprise of a lifetime. Yonaton asked Aviyah to look outside and check out the field beyond his house. Seeing a huge streamer with words “Will you marry me?” written, Aviyah excitedly turned to Yonaton to tell him that someone was proposing to someone in the field – but was shocked to see her guy kneeling and offering her a ring!
Aviyah recalled how she almost fainted when she realized that the sign wasn’t just for some girl in the field but for her.
Roughly nine months later, the two got married and would later have one child. In an interview on Business Insider, the couple revealed the secret to their long-lasting relationship: communication!
Aviyah said, “We’re both new at this, and we make our mistakes, and are learning new things each and every day. There’s been some pressuring times, but I think our common goal of wanting the absolute best for our baby is what gets us through it as a team.”
“If you have this rule, then you will be forced to talk things out, to communicate — and not just ignore or give the cold shoulder, which is so much easier to do. Things come up, there are challenges — but you are a team, and you need to be able to communicate all that you are going through, all that’s on your mind,” she said.
“What’s crazy is that even though I’ve known Yonaton for basically all my life, I find that we are still learning new things about each other. And I really like that.”