Andrew used to sleep on a chaise lounge lawn chair on the Island of Summer, near the center of the Pond of Fanciness. Yes, for those that recall the old stories, this is the pond with the magic lily pads that make Nintendo sounds when you hop on them to get to the island. At least we thought Andrew slept there. And perhaps he did sometimes. You see, the Island of Summer was not a large island at all...just large enough, in fact, for a few bushes, a chaise lounge lawn chair, and a secret portal. Yes!...a secret portal. Now, Andrew never told us about this portal, of course. I stumbled onto it by accident one time when I went to wake Andrew up. I called his name a few times, and finally poked at him...only to realize he had simply arranged some pillows upon the lawn chair, and covered them with a blanket. And for no good reason I can think of, I decided to look beneath the lawn chair. That's when I noticed a mysterious portal. It was closed, of course. I realized right away that Andrew must use this portal to come and go from the Sacred Garden, but I had no idea where it would lead.
Eventually Andrew ended up telling me that the portal led to Olympus, and that you had to step on the magic lily pads in a certain sequence in order to open the portal. He did not, however, tell me what that sequence was. [In all honesty, I think I may have finally figured out the sequence, but I'm nervous to try it out. Portals are not to be taken lightly or toyed with--that much I know very well.]
Those were my last sleeping thoughts.
Then I woke upon my Persian rug, not surprised to see that Andrew was no longer there next to me, but disappointed just the same. He was there when we had fallen asleep, and we had fallen asleep to the gentle cadence of our secret slumber party conversations. It's not unlike Andrew to just vanish, so again I was not surprised. And I knew, of course, that this particular sun greeting was Olympus Day..the day that Andrew left Earth for Olympus for the last time in fully corporeal form. Of course Andrew would have to be in Olympus for Olympus Day! They still honor him there each year on Earth's March 19, to mark his most fabulous arrival there. It's a big, big deal, I can only presume.
I checked my modified Casio calculator communicator watch instinctively as I stood and stretched. There was a message there from Dee-Dee the gorgeous and intelligent turtle, informing me that my beautiful gatekeeper, Madeliene, still had not returned from teaching a yoga class with Sugaldo Smada in Lemmington. Dee-Dee had also sent a second message, letting me know that all was well and good at my Sacred Garden gate, and that I should not feel troubled. I actually felt comfort from that. Then I suddenly remembered that Dee-Dee and I now had the ability the communicate telepathically; so rather than messaging her back on my modified Casio calculator communicator watch, I simply thanked her and wished her a lovely sun greeting--telepathically. She smiled in my mind, and informed me that Andrew had left a glittery envelope for me at Achilles' Last Stand, for whenever I was inclined to receive it. "Purpose, indeed. Lovely," I thought to myself.
On my way to Achilles' Last Stand, near my Sacred Garden gate, my soulmate, Cousin Eddie the Raven, met me halfway. We walked side by side, and shared pleasant conversation. But not conversation I will share here. Some talk about Van Halen, and transition, mostly. It was a lovely few moments indeed. Dee-Dee the gorgeous and intelligent turtle was genuinely pleased to see me, when Cousin Eddie and I finally arrived at her desk, Achilles' Last Stand. And I was pleased to see her too, of course. Sometimes words are more meaningful when left unspoken, and so none of us spoke at all that moment. But we all felt. And we all felt nice. Dee-Dee handed me the glittery envelope Andrew had left me. I opened it pensively, and found inside a most lovely letter on glittery parchment...and it read as follows:
As you well know, today is Olympus Day in Olympus, and it's a big, big deal. But I also must tell
you that YOU are a big, big deal, and my friends and family in Olympus wish for you to join us
for this most lovely #LoveRock occasion. Upon reading this, you should waste no time at all, but
make your way to the portal on the Island of Summer, and fall into it. I would share the secret
lily pad code with you, but I know your heart already knows it. We will be waiting for you. Please
As I finished folding the lovely invitation, and tucking it back into its glittery envelope, Dee-Dee and Cousin Eddie both smiled at me knowingly. And I smiled back at them. Warmly. Comfortably. Cousin Eddie then tossed me a can of beer, and one to Dee-Dee the gorgeous and intelligent turtle. We three cracked them open in unison, toasted (silently), and chugged them down. And just like that, I was off to Olympus for the first time. Truly, a knew day was upon us all. And my heart was very happy happy for that.
What happened while I was in Olympus cannot be reported in the open...not that I was forbidden, but that it was an experience that words cannot describe. Melody, perhaps. Someday.
I remain so grateful. Thank you all, that have been a part of my beautiful journey. Semba.
I love you,