When we danced at Glen Echo in the 1980s, there was dance etiquette. We did not have dance cards. Instead, we would see someone we wanted to dance with, sometimes while we were dancing with someone else. One finger meant next dance, two meant the one after that. If both were taken, a head shake. No one could remember beyond two so the etiquette was not to make promises beyond two dances!
We finally meet again at a live band dance. I have not seen him since August. It is January.
“Hello!” says T. “Where have you been?”
“That is a great question!” I say very cheerfully.
He is looking at me.
“Oh, what a great song!” as the next song starts. I tap my foot.
He narrows his eyes a little, but replies “Shall we dance?”
We dance really well together. We have danced off and on for nearly twenty years. I asked someone for his last name just a week ago. I may have known in the past, but I had forgotten. It doesn’t really sound familiar. I do know he worked for years in counseling.
The band is loud so not conducive to talking much. The dance ends and he twirls me to a close embrace. He walks me back to the tables.
“You have not been at dances much.”
I blink at him. “You said your dance card was full.” I say.
I sigh, trying not to exaggerate too much. “You asked me personal questions. Then at the next dance you tell me that you have a woman for every night of the year.” I flutter my lashes down. “I do hope you mean dancing.”
He is silent, absorbing this.
I am channeling my Tidewater Belle mother-out-law. “Ah am sure you are very busy.” I look modestly down at my lap, glancing across his lap as I lower my eyes. .
“Hmmm.” he says.
“Ah was so amazed that you had a woman for every night of the year that I could hardly bear to go to dance.”
I look through my lashes. He is studying me.
I smile sweetly. “Perhaps you could let me know if your dance card clears a little. Mind you, dancing only. Ah can be a little old fashioned about some things.”
The story is fiction. The photograph is from my wedding, 1989. He’s hamming for the audience again. I do not know who took this!
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