The Ariel Series is a contemporary love story about a deaf, queer, interfaith couple learning, growing, and creating the meaning of family together. This couple is Cecilia and Maya Ariel. Cecilia is the primary writer of the content while Maya is what they like to call the backstage manager!
Four summers ago, Cecilia and Maya attended a wedding in the Adirondacks in New York, not knowing of one another’s existence. Maya went as the guest of the bride. Cecilia went as a “plus-one” date with a guest of the groom. The evening before the wedding, Cecilia was lounging by the shoreline of a lake when she turned around to see Maya for the first time. She was prancing down the hill in a floral, summer dress, with a relaxed grin on her face. Almost instantly, Cecilia was intrigued by her earthy, spirited essence. She felt a sense of excitement as she noticed Maya coming toward her. Confidently, Maya stuck out her hand and introduced herself in sign language, “Hi! I’m Maya. And you’re Cecilia, yes? Someone told me about you so I was eager to meet you.”
Needless to say, Cecilia was gripped right there and then. That night, they exchanged phone numbers and three days later, Cecilia moved to Ohio for graduate school. After nearly a year of getting to know one another and Maya visiting Cecilia multiple times, Cecilia travelled to Washington, DC for a visit. The night Cecilia arrived, she signed a song in American Sign Language by Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours” to Maya. From that moment on, they entered an exclusive relationship.
For the next year and a half, they enjoyed seeing one once a month throughout long distance until Cecilia graduated. A month later, Cecilia moved to the District. Since then, the couple got hitched during the pandemic and became The Ariels!
We don’t know who is on the other side or what you are thinking but we’re sure you’re a lovely stranger (or friend, hello!). As relationship enthusiasts, we create content with advice, stories, and discoveries for you to enjoy. While our stories illustrate our journey of building a securing relationship, we anticipate expanding our content with a particular focus on becoming two moms and parenting. If you’re here because you’re hoping to find inspiration of how to become a strong unit with your loved one(s), we hope we can provide you with a few useful takeaways. If you are here because you can relate, here’s a high five and we’re glad you’re here. If you’re here because you know us, we’re so glad to know you and have your support. If you have any questions or would like to chat, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!