Thich Nhat Hanh, in "No Death, No Fear”

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2020
Today is the 4th anniversary of your Passing. As I was writing & journaling to you last night, thinking of you, missing you and reading some passages from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, "No Death, No Fear”, I came across this passage which was a balm to my soul. 

You will forever be a part of me and I a part of you. Your spirit always accompanies me, this I know.

Love you Dad with all my heart always and forever!
Thich Nhat Hanh, in "No Death, No Fear”.

"The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, "A serious misfortune of my life has arrived." I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I saw myself sitting with her, and we were having a wonderful talk. She looked young and beautiful, her hair flowing down. It was so pleasant to sit there and talk to her as if she had never died. When I woke up it was about two in the morning, and I felt very strongly that I had never lost my mother. The impression that my mother was still with me was very clear. I understood then that the idea of having lost my mother was just an idea. It was obvious in that moment that my mother is always alive in me.

I opened the door and went outside. The entire hillside was bathed in moonlight. It was a hill covered with tea plants, and my hut was set behind the temple halfway up. Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants, I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight caressing me as she had done so often, very tender, very sweet... wonderful! Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Of all my ancestors. Those feet that I saw as "my" feet were actually "our" feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.

From that moment on, the idea that I had lost my mother no longer existed. All I had to do was look at the palm of my hand, feel the breeze on my face or the earth under my feet to remember that my mother is always with me, available at any time."
- Thich Nhat Hanh, in "No Death, No Fear”

Gone From My Sight, by Henry Van Dyke

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on March 11, 2019

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...

Mortellaro-Bellamy Family Gathering with Lou's Extended Family

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on July 15, 2017

Circa 1979 or 1980 - Lakewood Colorado - Mortellaro-Bellamy Family get together at Lou and Eydie's house. Lou is taking this photo.

Picture (left to right standing): Lori Mortellaro (Lou's oldest daughter), Rose Baiamonte (Eydie's Mother), Joanne Bellamy (Lou's first cousin/Lou's Mother, Nettie's Niece), Aunt Amelia (Lou's Auntie and Nettie's younger sister), Howard (Rose's partner), Uncle Raleigh (Amelia's husband/Lou's Uncle), Eydie Mortellaro.

(Left to Right - Sitting front): Philayne Bellamy (Lou's 2nd cousin - Joanne's Daughter), Gina Mortellaro (Lou's youngest daughter), Kayleen, Kim and Hollie (Lou's 2nd cousins - Joanne's Daughters).

(Left to Right - Sitting back): Louie V Mortellaro and Nettie Mortellaro (Lou's Parents) and Louie P. Mortellaro (Lou's son).


Baiamonte Family Photo 1968/1969

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on August 13, 2016

Baiamonte Family Photo - Eydie's side of the family - Eydie and Lou, Eydie's parents (Rose and Phillip, Her older Brother, Phillip Baiamonte, her sister-in-law, Pat Baiamonte, their son's, Rob, Tom, Jim and Nick Baiamonte, Eydie's older sister, Marion and Marion's children, Michelle, John and Kelly.

(Left to Right Top Row) - Rob Baiamonte, Phillip Jr. Baiamonte, Phillip Baiamonte Sr., Louie Mortellaro, Tom Baiamonte, Jim Baiamonte, John McGinn; (Front Row) Pat Baiamonte, Marion McGinn (Baiamonte), Rose Baiamonte (with Baby Lori Mortellaro - Louie's duaghter, on lap), Eydie Mortellaro, Michelle McGinn; (Sitting on Floor) Nick Baiamonte, Kelly McGinn

What Makes a Dad

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on June 17, 2018

"A Father is a Guiding light whose love shows us the way..."

Story Shared by Steve Cammins (Lou's Lifelong Friend)

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on July 24, 2016

"Some of those pictures brought back a flood of incredible, cherished memories: the thousands of hours (had to be thousands-maybe millions) riding shot-gun in “EXOTICA”, cruising 16TH Street, sucking down Cherry Cokes at the Frosted Scotchman, cheeseburgers at Barry’s Drive in, drag racing over the 16th Street Viaduct (Oh, wait, - we didn’t actually do that... that would have been illegal and Lou's Momm would’ve killed us and Lou's Dad would’ve asked, 'who won the race?')."

2015 Summer Baiamonte Family Gathering at Finch's

Shared by Gina Mortellaro-Gomez on July 3, 2016

June 2015: Baiamonte Family (Eydie's side of the Family) Gathering @ Finch's house.
(L. to R.): Uncle Phillip Baiamonte (Lou's Brother-in-law), Eydie,Tom and Rob Baiamonte (Lou's Nephews), Kelly Langoni (Lou's Niece), Tony Romano, Mike & Steve Freeman, Jim Baimonte (Lou's Nephew); Front (L.-R.): Lori Finch, Lou, Aunt Mary Baiamonte.

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