Thanksgiving song: Dance me to the end of love

Celebrate the Thanksgiving table with the wedding that brought you to it. Photo: Jon Woodbury Photography

Washington, DC, November 25, 2011 —Thanksgiving has at its heart the song of love.

The family, the friends come to the table, to the feast prepared by the hands of love.

A chair may be empty. The mother, the grandmother, the father, the grandfather who joined us at this table may be missing but they hold our hearts.

At my daughter’s wedding to her beloved husband the last song to be played was to be Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love. The DJ did not play it.

It is not missing. It lies in their hearts. They will dance to the end of love and know love does not end.

Thanksgiving confirms the joining that brought us to this feast, the feast of love.

Watch this video and dance:

Mary L. Tabor is the author of the memoir: (Re)Making Love: a sex after sixty story and The Woman Who Never Cooked. She says, “I ferret out the detail, love the footnote, am never bored and believe it all leads to story. Best advice I ever got? ‘Only connect …’ E.M. Forster.” Find out more at

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Mary Tabor

I’m the author of the novel Who by Fire, the memoir (Re)Making Love: a sex after sixty story and The Woman Who Never Cooked, which won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award. I graduated from high school and went to college when I was barely sixteen. I always think I am the youngest person in the room—am trying to get over that—or maybe not because I have so much to learn.

You can read more about the so-called literal biography, where I went to school and jobs I’ve held, at but one thing’s for sure: I believe love is the answer. Now, what was the question? In this column, I’ll try to figure that out with you.


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