Funny in Love

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MIA & MICHAEL ARONIN First Date:  July 2012 in Columbia Wedding Date:  Aug. 10, 2014 Venue:  Beth El Congregation’s  Goren Chapel Reception:  Mari Luna Residence:  Pikesville Favorite Activity:  Taking road trips
MIA & MICHAEL ARONIN
First Date:
July 2012 in Columbia
Wedding Date:
Aug. 10, 2014
Venue:
Beth El Congregation’s
Goren Chapel
Reception:
Mari Luna
Residence:
Pikesville
Favorite Activity:
Taking road trips

From the moment they met online, Michael Aronin had Mia Stein Corvilla laughing.

Michael, a Social Security Administration program analyst by day and a comedian by night, sent Mia a YouTube link of a motivational speech he had delivered. Instead of telling her that he has cerebral palsy, performs comedy routines and was previously married, he preferred to “break the ice” with the video. About a minute in, he talks about being born with CP, and later, he talks about using humor to make others feel comfortable. The video also includes many jokes.


“If you still want to meet me, let me know,” he wrote.

Mia “was sold right away,” finding Michael adorable and funny. She hasn’t looked back.

“I really do appreciate that side of him,” said Mia, 45, a kindergarten teacher at Scotts Branch Elementary School in Randallstown. “He will keep us young.”

After sending the link, Michael, 46, heard back from Mia the next day. She considered him very brave and able.

“He certainly doesn’t need to live in the spotlight, but he wants people to [see] him as a positive role model for people who are disabled,” she said. “I respect that; I’m amazed by that.”

They met at a Columbia restaurant for dinner and learned about their similarities. Both were Jewish, both hailed from New York, and both had children. They found themselves smiling at each other and laughing throughout the meal.

A few weeks later, Michael met Jared Corvilla, now 11. Michael brought a football for him, which they later tossed around despite Michael’s disability.

Mia calls him “the most able man I know,” and the only activity they don’t do together is taking long walks. Michael tags along and relaxes on a bench, and Mia joins him after she’s walked.

“He may take longer or need a hand, but I don’t feel limited at all being with him,” she said.

Within a few months, they professed their love in Ocean City. Their relationship quickly grew serious. Michael proposed at Hemingway’s on the way to Ocean City in November 2013. They married on Aug. 10, 2014 at Beth El Congregation. Rabbi Dana Saroken officiated the ceremony, which included Jared Corvilla and Michael’s children — Brandon, 21, Sydney, 16, and Jon, 13. Also part of the festivities were Michael’s father, Lee Aronin, and Mia’s brother, Alan Stein, both from New York. They celebrated with their 50 guests at the Mari Luna restaurant.

Both are thankful for their second chance at love.

It’s hard to express,” said Michael. “It’s a feeling I get. When we’re together, we can be ourselves around each other.”

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