Thirteen may be a number with a certain reputation, but it proved critical in connecting Jason Martuscello to Lindsay Simon, even if the connection invoked a family tragedy.
She had the number scribed in Roman numerals on her wrist on a whim when she was a teenager, and he noticed it on their first date in January 2019, at a restaurant in Lower Manhattan, after having met on the dating app Bumble. He asked about it, and she told him she had been born Oct. 13.
He was stunned. That was the birthday of his older brother, Matthew, whom he had idolized and emulated and with whom he had shared a room growing up. His brother died of bacterial meningitis contracted while the two were on a trip to California with their high school band.
“It blows me away that they were born on the same day,” said Mr. Martuscello, 33. He took it as a sign.
The date lasted for hours, and by the time it was over, Ms. Simon, 31, was certain she’d found the man of her dreams. He didn’t take himself too seriously, seemed interested in her perspective and was very engaging. She is a senior influencer strategist at Hunter, a public relations firm in New York, and graduated from Boston College.