Sunday, December 7, 2008

His Legacy Lives On.....

Today was the passing of a great man, R.L. Altman, that none of you know unless you know me personally. It was my late great grandfather, who raised me like a Father on the East Side of Detroit in Conant Gardens. He took me in after the passing of my mother. He was a a Navy Man, A Mason, a great cook, a Hunter, an entrepreneur as he owned his own video store, had a cabin up north and always had a great spirit. I'll miss him, he was my grand dad. And now, I'm the last one to hold down the R.L. name. He was Sr,my dad was the second, who passed a few years ago, and I am RL III. But, I feel like I have so much to do yet in my life to continue his legacy. It's a weird thing losing loved ones and friends. The sad thing is that my granfather has moved on, but the good thing is that he had a chance to live a full long life. Losing friends at this age, can be much more difficult. So, today marked a day of great sadness but what happens at funerals is a reunion of family members that makes us stop and appreciate the loved ones we still have. I hope to be better at keeping in touch with my family and friends and not waiting until weddings or funerals to get together. So, as it is the Holiday season I ask all to take the time to spend with family and friends because you never know how long they're going to be here. And whatever you're trying to do... DO it today, because you never know how long you'll be here. Peace,T3

9 comments:

Hubert said...

Excellent piece, 3. This is advice that we should always keep with us. Your grandfather sounded like a great man. Just reading your description of him made me wish I knew him. Heck, I would have loved to have him as a mentor, because it's obvious he was about his "business" in every sense of the word.

I'm sure he's proud of what you've accomplished. You're someone I look up to in the Detroit hip hop scene for sure. Keep dropping jewels for us, man. You can know at least a few of us are actually paying attention.

Derek said...

May your grandfather rest in peace.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Peace,

Enlight

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Nicholas said...

sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather man

kelly said...

sorry about your lost bro. seemed like a good dude. - K-FRESH

M.O.S. Ologist said...

R.I.P. Sorry for your loss

Natalie Chickee said...

My condolences to you...Yes, yes your words are so true. I just lost a dear friend and your words warmed my heart. Peace and thank-you.

Governor Slugwell said...

There It Is...God bless!

glitzyglitz said...

Yes...great advice. May your grandfather rest in peace. He will live on through you. I agree too that we don't spend enough time with our families...but this just changed for me as I am spending a month with mine back in snowy Michigan from LA...and I think I'll hug them everyday!

70sguy said...

R.i.p. to your Granddad.