Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ed's Epistle.....Remembering Dino This Christmas


Christmas is time of mixed emotions. Early childhood memories are filled with trees, lights, and gifts. Dino on the turntable and family in house. These are the days were the basis of all future life moments are compared.

Things evolve as one ages. Times of receiving are replaced with times of giving. Times of being with family are replaced with times of remembering family. We settle for good health rather than good gifts. Memories and present family we rely on to get through present day ills and worries.

Family and friends who in the past filtered out the bad and rang in the good are no longer with some of us. Time for reflection and hopes for the future will fill my holidays.

Dino slipped away from us on a Christmas morning some fourteen years ago. Exited quietly on the most tranquil morning of the year. Typical Dino to duck out when no one was looking. Not wanting the attention, the spotlight. It was Christmas morning 1995, while Dino song filled the world’s airways, and hearts with his voice, his soul left this earth. Dino going Splitsville from his own party to catch a late western, Christmas morning he left to go the big bar upstairs. He knew no one was looking, I'm sure. The Rat Pack lost it's cool. The world turned a page, started a new chapter.

When the image of Dean flashed on the screen, the family paused to watch. It'snot good when a show is interrupted for a special announcement, on Christmas morning of all times. Worse when the image is the one you associate your childhood with. The smile happy, the voice song, the laugh fun, the face Dino.

Part of the collective American soul died that morning. Part of me left that morning. Ten months later, I personally had another loss in my life. The big guy who brought Dino into my life took an exit himself. My dad died the next September. Dino I and Dino II in my eyes, limo tailights. Rough year for this pallie.

Fortunately, the spirit of Dino has grown bigger since his passing. Dino is as big as ever. His is now the rank of legend. Dino owns the Cool recipe. He copyrighted 'sigh'. He's untouchable. He lives in memory, on screen, and in voice. Frank may have done it his way, but Dino did it our way. We get it. Christmas is tonic. Some parts happy, some sad, some hopeful, some remorseful. All mixed together makes you humble. I am fortunate for what I had, and what I have. Make someone feel that this season. Create some memories, play some Dino. Today is tomorrow memories.

To all of your family and friends, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you're season are is filled with Dino, and your heart with happiness!




6 comments:

Kinezoe said...

Happy Christmas Eve, pallies!! Have a wonderful time. Cheers!

Gayle Carline said...

Lovely sentiment, Ed. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, I really appreciate your touchin' and sensitive words in rememberin' of our Dino's passin'. Thank you for not only doin' a wonderful work of memorializin' our Dino, but helpin' to put his life and mission in the context of our own celebrations of this special season of carin' and sharin'. Thanks so much for bein' so transparent with us 'bout how our Dino has impacted your life and that of those you love.

I am so grateful that you have entered my life and the life of our humble little Dino-blog...helpin' me and lots of other Dino-lovers to grow deeper in our Dino-devotion and puttin' words to our Dino-passion.

Also, what a grand pix of our great man to use in this time we honor him....one that I have never seen before, one that speaks volumes of the depth of this man who gives us so much happiness.

Wishin' you a wonderful day of Dino-remembrance in this Dino-season of celebration.

Dana Andrews said...

What a great Christmas song. Dean Martin and Christmas are the best Christmas combo I think ... with a little bit of Sinatra....Happy Xmas!.

Andy Young* said...

His memory lives on with people like you blogging about him DMP...

Have a Happy Dino Christmas and a great 2010.

Ed said...

Glad you enjoy!

The holidays are proving to be wonderful this year!

Ed