Tuesday, May 28, 2013

rest in Peace, brother Albert

on sunday, 26 may, 2013, albert martineau traded-in this relative-world experience for the upgrade: an ethereal date with josephine.

while we (who are left behind) feel a deep sense of loss, that sense can only exist if there was something of great value that we'd experienced in the first place.

thank you, jo and al.

(albert) was 89. ..here's a replay of his 85th birthday, with a wish of "happy birthday, dad!

it means the same now... as it did back in 2008.
eighty-five [1]
by y. o. ungatheart

eighty-five lit candles
eighty-five new ways
eighty-five short years (that’s over 30,000 days)

eighty-five new jokes (a little sparkle in his eyes)
eighty-five quick quotes, still taking notes, at


  • it is difficult to determine the impact of any, one action (and its resulting ripple-effect).

  • it is impossible to imagine the amount of laughter, life, learning and Love that result from the millions of ripple-effects that are born during an 85-year play, in process.

  • each of us (here, tonight) has played a role during this ongoing, uplifting play.

  • albert, thank you for every, single, continuing moment…including:

    • early-morning wake-ups, every morning, before you went to work
    • family-centered sit-down dinners (every night of the week)
    • sunday afternoon joy-rides in the station wagon
    • cleaning the shop on saturdays, so that we could have… things like... shoes

    • turning simple things (like thunderstorms) into family entertainment
    • fishing, picnics, family feuds, and family re-Unions
    • french fries, at spring lake beach
    • the opportunity to sing “blinka, blinka, blinka,” all the way from mineral spring avenue to the dairy-dip
    • (“look at all those tiger lilies”)
    • do’s… and dooooooon’ts ………….and “dittos”
    • laughs, and laughs, and laughs, and laughs, and then more laughs
    • integrity, honesty, assertiveness… and human-ness
    • stability… in a world of chaos
    • Love, wrapped-up in an assortment of packages
    • …and… (drum roll, please)…
    • having the wisdom to marry a True, living Angel

  • may each one of us have the wisdom to consciously create our own ripple-effects, in our own way, as we chart our own courses during this magical journey called life.

[1] martineau, l. (8-2.1-2008). book 63: Free Spirit. © 2008 www.wellnesseducation.us.

below: the reading of this poem (9 minutes, 33 seconds)

* way back on 8 august, 2009, which was a year after this video... i called home to wish al a happy birthday. ..on that day, al shocked me into silence when he uttered these three small words, one after the other, in succession:

"I Love You."



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