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The Evening Before My 65th Birthday

Lawrence Bush
December 18, 2016

by Lawrence Bush

Here’s what I thought about, the evening before my 65th birthday:

About dancing. She told me about the people she knows who dance at home but not in public.

About old people. She held my forearm and showed me how she dances with people in wheelchairs.

Everyone should have a dancer at home, she said.

About Wes Montgomery, his brown thumb and his double-plucking finger dance, whatever they call it (the CD liner notes are too tiny, and I’m 65).

About Donald Trump. If he were a genuine populist, he’d be appointing people from both parties in the name of all working people. Then he’d launch a weekly TV show from the White House, Dancing with Donald, surrounding himself with beautiful women and gay guys. He’d be the greatest President ever.

About sex, how silly, how soft.

Tonight, I’m too fuckin’ happy for this old world.

Lawrence Bush edits Jewish Currents.

​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.