First Dance at a Yiddish Social

When Michael Met Florence at the David Marcus Club
Edelstein Family

The David Marcus Club hosted social mixers on Sunday afternoons. It was on one of these occasions that I first noticed a young girl who was pretty and smart and confident. She was a few years younger than me, not yet 18 and still going to high school. She was there with some of her friends and I was with Herbie. We began talking and I learned her name was Florence, or Feige in the old country. 

When they started spinning records, I asked her to dance, and we followed the first foxtrot with an up-tempo waltz. She was a better dancer than I was, especially since I was too occupied gazing into her eyes to pay attention to my feet. But she was more than just a pretty girl and good dancer. She was clever, too. And even though she was more educated than I was, she didn't make me feel any less for it. The more we talked, the more I liked her.

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