So the title may be a bit deceptive, but after trying for 3 days to come up with a new way to say thank you with all my heart...I got nothing!
You guys are the most amazing group of people I have ever met in my entire life. Thank you so much for making this the best non-birthday ever! You might be wondering why I call it my non-birthday...well, I spent the entire day flying back into Nashville from Lakisha's beautiful wedding and then I landed that evening, got in my car and drove straight to a rehearsal. So, I had decided to postpone my birthday until I could fully enjoy it...hence, October is my birthday month and it might seep into November. :-)
Anyway, when I finally crawled into my house that night, I had some of the most wonderful gifts ever! So...thank you so very much for the amazing well wishes in some of the coolest online cards I have ever seen...thank you for the massage (you have NO idea!)...AND quadruple thank you for donating money to the Belmont scholarship fund. You guys are the most creative and thoughtful bunch in the entire world. Thanks for making me smile even when my teeth felt tired. I love you more than I can ever tell you so...I got nothing!
Did YOU SPEED to that rehearsal???!!!
YOU have EVERYTHING!
"l'amor che muove il sole e le'altre stelle"
Within a single volume, bounded by love
I saw the scattered leaves of all the universe—
Substance and accidents, and their relations,
As though together fused in such a way
That what I speak of is a single light.
The universal form of this commingling
I think I saw, for when I tell of it
My heart rejoice so much the more...
How powerless is speech— how weak, compared
To my conception, which itself is trifling
Beside the mighty vision that I saw!
O Light Eternal, in Thyself contained!
Thou only know Thyself, and in Thyself
Both known and knowing, smile on Thyself!
That very circle which appeared in Thee,
Conceived as but reflection of a light,
When I had gazed on it awhile, now seemed
To bear the image of a human face
Within itself, of its own coloring—
Wherefore my sight was wholly fixed on it.
Like a geometer, who will attempt
With all his power and mind to square the circle
Yet cannot find the principle he needs:
Just so was I, at that phenomenon.
I wished to see how image joined to ring,
And how the one found place within the other.
Too feeble for such flights were my own wings;
But by a lightning flash my mind was struck—
And thus came the fulfilment of my wish.
My power now failed that phantasy sublime;
My will and my desire were both revolved,
As in a wheel in even motion driven,
By Love, which moves the sun and the other stars.
— Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)