For over 40 years, I resisted taking dance lessons. Growing up in a very Jewish community, I was invited to many Bar Mitzvahs and my mother wanted me to take dance lessons so I could dance at parties. I refused due to a lack of coordination and fear of embarrassing myself. As an adult, on and off for our 31 years of marriage, my wife has asked if we could take lessons. Once again, that klutziness and childhood fear stood in the way.
But just last weekend, our friends Grace Cooper and Leslie Bernstein invited us to their wedding reception. This was a unique celebration. Since Wisconsin still considers a marriage between 2 loving women illegal, a few weeks ago, they went to Iowa, which has legalized marriage equality, and our Rabbi, Laurie Zimmerman, married them. Continue reading