Dance with me: a love letter

“Oh very young, what will you leave us this time

You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while.”

– Yusuf Islam

Dance with me: a love letter

This petite memoir is a love story — love between parents and children, husband and wife, grandparents and grandchildren. Between dancers and dance. Between humans and being.

Maybe this is a love story about love itself.

Written it in staggered moments over the three years since my grandmother Lilli Diamond died, it is no accident that it came to completion during a time of isolation, a time when pandemic sent everyone home and took our cherished gatherings away — for me, my Sunday dance class, a place where I felt my grandmother’s presence so vividly.

Today, October 16, 2020, would have been her 105th birthday. Let this be my small gift from the heart to her and to you. Dance with me.

Dance with me: a love letter

4 thoughts on “Dance with me: a love letter

  1. Yay, Laura! So excited to read your new publication about a topic so dear to my heart, and I look forward to learning more about Lily! I have not caught up on your blog since you arrived in PA so I’ll have to go backwards and find out what’s been going on and then maybe we can schedule a phone call one of these days? Lots of love, Chloe

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Beautiful. Congratulations Laura. That’s a great photo on the cover. And a theme that the world sorely needs to consider in this discordant time. It was a pleasure to have met Lilli and spent some time with you all together.

    Hoping we can all dance again on the other side of November 3rd.

    All best wishes, Kevin

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    1. Thank you, Kevin, for your good wishes. I had not remembered that you met Lilli! I wish I knew who took that photo, but should at least give some attribution that it is Lilli and Al Diamond, posing on the factory floor of Lilli Diamond Originals, the dress company he named for her, in downtown Los Angeles. Let’s dance up to, including, and beyond…

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