It is hard to describe Jonathan without smiling. He has a playfulness about him that comes alive in many situations, but especially when with our dog, and with the kids in our family.
It was the first time I saw him with my young cousins that I knew he was my ideal partner for raising a family.
Jonathan is from a small town in New Jersey, the oldest of two brothers, and a sister. He also has a large extended family -- all nearby in New Jersey -- and grew up playing with his cousins, and spending time at the family’s cabin in Lake George.
He has an adventurous spirit -- so after graduating college he headed out west, and, lucky for me, he landed in San Francisco, where he’s stayed ever since!
He is a very generous person, giving his time to help his friends, family, and even those he doesn’t know. During the school year, he helps lead the law academy at a local high school, leading them through valuable job skills, like how to manage a project or write a resume. When we run into his students on the street, they are always excited to see him and tell him about their next steps -- to college and beyond.
He also spends several Saturdays a year volunteering at a free law clinic, offering legal advice to those who may not be able to afford a lawyer.
As perfect as he may sound, he is human...he really doesn’t like losing (especially to me!), and is a fan of the San Francisco Giants. All of this is easily forgiven, however, with a quick smile and a promise not to root against my beloved A’s.
I am excited for the father I know Jonathan will be. I’ve watched him with my family -- he is energetic, patient with the kids, and answers all their questions -- even the tough ones -- honestly. With our own child, I know he will be a loving father, and offer guidance without judgement.