Friday Nights

Skipping down the sidewalk ahead of our parents on the way to temple, innocence.

Pizza and music with good friends, maybe some Frisbee in the dark, elation.

Loud parties, immersed in new wave, blues, and rockabilly, reckless.

Wine and cheese and light jazz and lively conversation, loneliness.

Candles and challah and card games and reading, satisfaction.

Football games and marching bands, shivering, selflessness.

Waiting past midnight for the sound of the front door opening, trusting.

Savoring the quiet after the evening news, smiles and bursts of laughter, fulfillment.