My Dad...

My Dad...
Herbie "Pompeii" Pilato

Friday, December 18, 2015

Aunt Anna's Christmas Tree

I just received this Christmas card today (see pic above).

It reminded me of when I was a kid and my Aunt Anna's Christmas tree and where she would place it in her house (in my hometown of Rochester, NY) she would place the tree in the corner...near her winding stair case.

Just like it's shown on this card.

Our family (50 plus aunts and uncles and cousins and friends) would alternate celebrating the Holidays at her house, or on Erie Street (where I grew up).

I always perceive such awareness as a "sign" of some sort.

In this case, I'm perceiving this sign as a message from Aunt in Heaven...from where she's sending me a "Merry Christmas Hello!"

May each of your Holiday memories be as this message...and this tree!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom.

You would have been 94 today on Earth, but now you're immortal in Heaven.

Love you forever!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Just $7.00 Changed My Mother's Life

My Father (Herbie Pompeii Pilato) died of lung cancer on April 6th, 1995, and my Mother (who would have turned 93 on November 4th) followed him to Heaven on May 5th, 2008 (after being challenged by dementia and heart disorders).

After my Dad left this world, it was rough road for my Mom. They were very close, and she was very dependent on him (as she didn't drive, etc.) So I tried to do the best I could for her, even once attempting to move her to LA with me (to disastrous results).

But once she was settled back in Rochester, New York she became a member of the Pinegrove Senior Center in the suburb or Irondequoit, New York. And every Monday through Friday, from June 1999 to nearly the day she died, my Mom enjoyed that Senior Center.

In all, it cost her about $6.00 a day - a price that included lunch and service for the van (that picked her up and drove her home).

So, thirty bucks a week for a senior's regular activities wasn't bad at all.

In addition to enjoying a nice daily lunch at that simple-treasured Senior Center, my Mom also played cards, went on picnics, and played bingo. She especially loved the bingo. A whole lot.

I never realized how much really.

Until, one day, when I started giving her "extra" quarters with which to play the game.

Not a lot of quarters. Just seven dollars worth.

Not ten.

Not nine.

Just seven.

Every other day, I walked into her apartment, and interrupted her daily viewing of Seinfeld or The Golden Girls, walked over to her, kissed her, and asked her to open up her hand.

At that moment, I poured out the seven dollars in quarters.

As I did this, her reaction was one of astonishment. She looked as if she won the lottery or the mega-jackpot in Vegas.

"Oh, Herbie J," she'd say with so much joy, "...what a great son you are! I have to pay you back! I have to pay you back!!"

"Ma," I would reply, "You just go have fun at the Center."

And she did, all the more...with that mere extra seven dollars.

Not a million.

Not a thousand.

Not nine.

And not ten.

Just seven.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Birthday to my beautiful father....

Happy Birthday to my beautiful, Dad, who passed into the Light in 1995.

He would have been 104 today.

Love you forever, Dad...and Mom, too!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

7 years ago today that Mom went to Heaven

It's been seven years since my beloved Mom passed away.  

She was a beautiful person on Earth and she remains a beautiful soul in Heaven.

I will miss her and my Dad forever and yet I know they are doing just fine.

For whatever good that is in me was placed there by God through them.

They always supported every good thing I ever accomplished in my life and career.

As such, I owe them any and every measure of sincerity that I posses - and which I make every attempt to share.

They instilled in me the truest of priorities and humanitarian values.

I'm not always perfect and none of us are - but my parents came pretty close.

God bless you always - "St. Frances of Turri" and "St. Pompeii".

Monday, April 6, 2015

20 years today that Dad went to Heaven

It's been twenty years today since my beautiful Dad went to Heaven.

And I know he's doing just fine - with my beautiful Mom right by his side.

My sister and I (and everyone who knew them) will Love them both forever.

We were blessed to have them on Earth - and we remain blessed to have them as Angels.

May each of you be as blessed with even a morsel of the kind of sincere and pure Love my parents imbued and embraced.

Peace to you all.


Herbie J and Pam