2022 – How We Met: “When she said she was bisexual I thought maybe I had a chance” | Life and elegance

IIn January 2002 Mari She worked as a producer in San Francisco on the short film Raised By Drag Queens. “At our wrap party, a group of us talked about dancing until the ’80s,” she recalls. I thought one of the assistants, Erin, was cute, so I asked her to join them on her date. “Irene also invited some friends and roommates,” she says. “It was a nice way of saying she wasn’t interested.”

Among Irene’s friends was Sarah, who worked as an actress. “I went to college with Erin near San Francisco, but I haven’t been back in the area for long and wanted to meet new people,” she says.

As soon as Maria and Sarah met, they felt a connection. “She was cute and funny,” Maria says. “We were at the bar talking about starting our own singles club. At first I thought she was straight, but when she mentioned she was bisexual I thought there might be a chance.” Sarah also enjoyed Mariah’s company. She was smart and comfortable. We didn’t get to know each other on a date, so there was no pressure for us to get to know each other.”

After the ’80s night, they took Erin across the street for a cake before inviting them to another party in another part of San Francisco. “It turns out it’s home to Google’s Larry Page,” Maria says. “Everyone was amazed by this house.” Soon Sarah began to dance with another friend of Erin. Not wanting to miss her chance, Maria joined Sarah on the balcony while she was resting. “I put my arms around her and she did the same for me,” she says.

Sarah and Maria on their wedding day in 2008.

They went to check out the “enormous sound system” and exchanged their first kiss. “I went into the kitchen to make sure Erin was really okay – but she was so happy for us,” Sarah says.

They arrived the following week at a local bar, where Maria asked Sarah to be her friend. “I said no because she was too fast,” Sarah says. “I wanted to keep hanging out, but I enjoyed being single and didn’t want to rush things.” They spent a lot of time together over the next few weeks. Sarah says, “One day I said something and I said Maria Maesch and I thought I said, ‘I love you,’ she said, ‘I love you too.’ The misunderstanding made Sarah realize the strength of her feelings. At the end of February they became a couple.”

In 2007, Maria supported Sarah in her retraining as a psychiatrist. That same year, they got engaged on a trip to New Orleans. “Maria took me to this car rental company but it turned out to be a car dealership. The taxi driver was waiting outside thinking we were in the wrong place. As it turned out, she bought me a car and told me we were going back to San Francisco,” Sarah says. “There was a ring in the glove box.” They married near Napa Valley, California, in 2008 and moved into their home with Dakota, daughter Maria from a previous relationship. In 2012, Sarah gave birth to a daughter, Cleo. They bought a house in 2019 and live there with Cleo. “We were also adopted by a stray cat,” Sarah says. “He comes to our garden all the time and becomes like our pet.”

Sarah appreciates her partner’s sense of humor. She is also very kind and has good manners and a sense of social justice. She always wants to help people who need her and we have great conversations. I also love the fact that we are both ready for anything.”

Maria enjoys all her adventures. “We have traveled to many places that are off the beaten path. She always makes me laugh.” “I have some past trauma and she really understands what that means and she is supportive. We can say anything to each other.”

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