18 February 2022

I spotted the profile of Daria routinely viewing others from the matchmaking catalog of Ukrainian ladies. She attracted me with a serious look in her eyes. It was something in every her picture that made me want to meet her in person, to hear her voice, to feel her touch. Not the last role in this desire was the shape of her body and her posh hair.

Luckily for me, she liked me from the start, the same as I liked her. Soon, we started to have 5, 7, 10 video and voice calls every week and, finally, we agreed that I’d come to her city. She lived in Dnipro, a city in Ukraine. When we took our stroll in the city, she made an unbelievable contrast with her colorful character and smiling nature versus the monumental monolithic grayness of this Soviet-era city.

Today, we live with Daria in Springfield, Illinois, where my entire family lives, as well as my cousins, aunts, and uncles.