Eleven Months …

Since the moment I saw the second in the series of the Karate Kid movies starring Ralph Macchio and “Pat” Morita, I have loved this song. The words are so expressive but the scene within the movie where this song is played is to me, carefully coordinated.

A tea ceremony dates back hundreds of years. It was performed for Samurai before they went into battle, for prominant guests to a home and to that one special person that means everything to you. When I began planning a way to celebrate mine and Angelika’s first anniversary, the one thing that I knew was that it had to be as special and memorable as she is to me.

Knowing her interest in the ways of the Geisha, combined with my passion for the ritualistic, I could think of no better way to mark this day than in the performing of a tea ceremony for her. Performed in silence, it serves to intensify the moment.

However, the day before our 11 month anniversary, I was asked about her stopping over for a night on her way to the USA so that we could be together in real life for at least a part of our first anniversary. I couldn’t believe it, especially since several months ago I voiced to a mutual friend that if I could have anything for a gift to mark our first anniversary, it would be being able to spend it together in real life.

So, I proceeded to bring forward the tea ceremony so that I could gift her with it the next day. I performed it in a cold serve, in other words, I wrote nothing ahead of time. Oh sure, I did my research, but the serve could not have been composed ahead of time, it would not have been as meaningful, as emotional, for either of us.

Angelika, I dedicate this song and its lyrics to you. You’ll never know how much you mean to me or how deeply I love you.

The Glory Of Love (sung by Peter Cetera)

Tonight its very clear
As we’re both lying here
Theres so many things I want to say
I will always love you
I would never leave you alone

Sometimes I just forget
Say things I might regret
It breaks my heart to see you crying
I dont wanna lose you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who would fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of
We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

You keep me standing tall
You help me through it all
I’m always strong when you’re beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’ve been dreaming of
We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

Just like a knight in shining armor
From a long time ago
Just in time I will save the day
Take you to my castle far away

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero that you’re dreaming of
We’re gonna live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love

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