Danc­ing into the ‘sere and yel­low’

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One evening last week when the tripe on the TV got a bit too much, I put on an old Car­men Caval­laro disc (re­mem­ber that marvel­lous pi­anist of yes­ter­year?), bowed to my wife, took her into my arms and whisked her on to the dance floor (the lounge of our tiny flat here at Berea Gar­dens) and the two of us, now well into our 80s, drifted round to lovely lilt­ing old melodies, such as Let Me Call You Sweet­heart, You’re a Lovely Flower from an Old Bou­quet and The Most Beau­ti­ful Girl in the World.

And in my mind’s eye, stand­ing there un­no­ticed at the front door, were our three won­der­ful sons – Perry, now with the Lord in heaven; Quentin, liv­ing in a land far away; and Ja­son, now in an­other city – smil­ing and ap­plaud­ing, say­ing some­thing like, “Mind Mom’s toes there, Dad!”

And you know what? As we go into the sere and yel­low to­gether, Naomi is still the most beau­ti­ful girl in the world and I love her more now than words can tell. This Christ­mas will be our 57th to­gether!

So for all you lov­ing and car­ing peo­ple out there, may we wish you a happy and blessed Christ­mas.


DANCE OF LOVE: Charles Ben­ing­field and his wife Naomi dance to­gether

... with Charles Ben­ing­field

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