March 16, 1940 —
The photo was taken the last time Mario went to Lo de Celia, and we danced. Swollen feet prevent him from wearing shoes, hence he’s unable to come regularly to Celia’s. He hasn’t been back since then. Losing weight through diet and exercise is a challenge for many milongueros viejos. It’s the only way they have a life that includes what they love most — the milonga. I miss dancing with Mario. Just watching a video of him brought back the feeling of his embrace.