October 19, 2018
"Let's visit the Watertown Senior Center. I helped my sister arrange the tables for their annual party and want to see how it worked out," says my neighbor Gerard.
His sister Rae is one of the managers. The party and dance is held in what was the gym of the Phillips School, the school he attended as a kid, now repurposed as part of the Senior Center.That brought some memories back for him.
The party is winding down. A fellow playing the keyboard, keeping it lively, hits a number and a dozen women begin a line dance. I can't resist. Halfway through the dance. a tug on my sleeve.
"Mr. Tamburello? You were my son's fourth grade teacher!"
I'm about to have a blast from the past moment myself. A few minutes of catching up ensues. Greg is 42, lives in Arlington with his young family, is a mechanical engineer. Su Wong and her husband still live in the Brookline neighborhood near the John Pierce School where I taught 4th grade for 34 years. Su loves to dance. They are regulars.
A retired ESL teacher in Boston, this is one of the fun parts of her retirement.
"We come here for line dancing every Tuesday!" she says.
Greg would have graduated from 4T in 1986! I love this.