Blog 1395 – 07.15.2019
An Affair To Remember
Some movies have a way of still moving and warming our hearts no matter how many times nor over how many years we view them. And some movie lines capture the great truths of life like one line in particular from the 1957 version of An Affair To Remember when Terry McKay, played by Deborah Kerr, says to Nicky Ferrante, played by Cary Grant:
“How cold the winters must be for those who have no memories to keep them warm.”
Much of the rough sailing and perhaps hurtful things of life are best left forgotten but how heart warming and precious are those memories of loving affairs to remember. I am reminded of the poem that reads: “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Perhaps that is because true love is never lost but always fondly remembered.
Here are the words to the movie theme song, sung three times in the movie, twice in English, once in French.
An Affair To Remember
Our love affair is a wondrous thing
That we’ll rejoice in remembering
Our love was born with our first embrace
And a page was torn out of time and space
Our love affair, may it always be
A flame to burn through eternity
So, take my hand with a fervent prayer
That we may live and we may share
A love affair to remember.
Songwriters: Harold Adamson / Leo McCarey / Harry Warren
It is my hope that everyone gets to know at least once in their lives short or long a love affair to remember. My mother loved the 1957 movie An Affair To Remember almost as much as she did Gone With The Wind. Like many of us, men and women, she was a sucker for a love story. And I know many of you “tough guys” out there joke about what you call “chick flicks” but also that you’d trade places in a heart beat to play a love scene like those with the love of your life. Though guys and girls are different (hurray or as the French say “vive la difference”) we are just not that different.
Not That Different
The great common denominator in, around, and between us all is Love. Love is what we are all made of, not snakes and snails and puppy dog tails, nor sugar and spice and everything nice. May this life, the next, and all yet to come be full of love affairs to remember.
Your friend and fellow traveler,