Anne Mezistrano Hirschhorn
There were two loves in my life, reading and dancing. As a child, I never missed the story hour at Seattle Public Library on Yesler. My brothers always knew where I had been reading because I ate apples and left the core behind. As a fourteen-year-old I had my first job at the library shelving books for twenty-five cents an hour.
I started my second love at The Settlement House near Washington Junior High School with tap dance lessons. I clearly remember my blue and white check costume. As a teenager I even came in second at a dance contest at Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
After I married I didn’t dance for a long time, in fact not until I was in my eighties. I was at an exercise class that included a dance routine and many people asked if I had dance training. I said “Yes, when I was seven years old!”