Good morning! Last night I had the pleasure of doing a RandomCast episode with my mom and her sisters. It was hilarious and the reason I wanted to have them on the show is because as far as I can remember they are always laughing and having a good time. I remember them telling stories of their childhood and it has always fascinated me. I could sit and listen to them talk about their past for hours. What makes it fun and interesting, as you will hear in this episode, is the detail and humor they put into it.
It was an honor to sit and go back in time with them and I think they had a good time too. They share stories of their parents, what it was like walking miles to school before buses started picking kids up, dances and much more. If you are ready to laugh then this episode is for you! As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Pushy the Cat
- Falling asleep under an apple tree
- Dancing with hunchbacks
- Remembering Abuelo Esteban and Abuela Manuela
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Happy Birthday Abuela. It’s been a few years since you passed but it seems like it was just yesterday that you and I were heckling each other. I remember how you would be in the kitchen making tortilla’s for us and I would walk in and snatch one out of the bowl. You would laugh and tell me that you saw me and I would poke the side of your waist only to have you raise the rolling pin at me and say in Spanish,
“You better watch out because I will get you.”
I miss that, I miss you. I remember that your birthday was huge and we would all get together to celebrate. We would all pile up in the van or the wagon and head over to Tia Mary and Tio Steve’s house. The entire family as well as good friends of the family would show up to celebrate. You were and still are very special to us. I remember the men of the family would each take their turn grilling while the women chilled with the kids or prepared side dishes inside. All of us kids would be running around like fools and you would be under the shade smiling and watching over us. We would play volleyball until the wee hours of the morning and I just remember you laughing and enjoying yourself so much. I miss all of this and especially you. What I miss the most are your jokes and of course the heckling. Your sense of humor was refreshing and I think it helped in molding mine. I think one of your biggest jokes was the fact that you said you only knew Spanish. I remember going grocery shopping and you walking off to the deli to get lunch meat. You would eventually find us and you would have a pound or so of salami and Colby cheese. I wonder how you always got it with no problem? You once let your joke slip when you offered Becky some Mango. She remembers trying a piece and you asking in English,
“Did you like it?”
She answered you and did a double take only to witness you chuckle at her and put your finger up saying, “Shhh”
I think you knew a little more then you lead on, but that’s what I love about you Abuela. As I sit here thinking about you I am trying to fight back my tears. My glasses are wet from the ones that got away but I have to remind myself that you are in a better place and besides; it’s your birthday. This should be a happy time so I am going to man up and smile. By the way, yesterday it was completely gloomy outside and I wondered if it was going to be nice today so that Logan could walk in the parade. It turned out to be beautiful outside and we were able to watch Logan in the parade. I think you may have had something to do with this. You made today beautiful Abuela. Happy Birthday once again and I miss and love you very much!Post Views: 278
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Within the Trenches is back with episode 109 and you don’t want to miss this one. I got the chance to speak with three great individuals including Greg with Van Buren County 9-1-1 along with Jim and Dee Ann of the 9-1-1 Wellness Foundation. We had a great time recording this episode of the show but we also learned a lot. In this episode we shared several stories and Jim talked about his class at the 2016 Michigan NENA conference as well as what the foundation is currently working on for the national conference and future endeavors.
This was an extra special episode for me since it marked 3 years since I made my podcast debut as well as conference speaking debut at Michigan NENA 2013. I recorded episodes with great people that year including Jim and Dee Ann and afterward I was advised that I would be doing the podcast at the national show in North Carolina. I remember standing there in shock at everything that was happening and Jim pulled me aside, put his arm around me and said,
“This is how it starts, it’s where your change begins.”
I will never forget that day. Thank you to everyone who helped me in the beginning and to those who continue to help and believe in what I am doing. I love doing what I do! If you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to email@example.com.
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- Dealing with mean callers
- How to communicate at home
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
It’s funny how one person can have such an influence on you. This person can come in the form of your parent, a friend, a movie or TV figure, a musician, an artist, and your children. Right now someone has such an influence on me that my entire way of thinking is affected. I consider myself to be a pretty strong person but when it comes to my 2-month-old daughter I’m mush. She can’t talk yet but her facial gestures, coos, and general warmth gets me every time. We have had our moments where we have communicated with our eyebrows and when I pick her up over my head she shows that she digs it by shooting me her patented smile.
So, what influence does she have on me? Well, I can tell you that when she’s fussing on the floor during tummy time or in her swing I’m all about picking her up. I know I should let her fuss a little so that she can learn to chill by herself but I just want to pick her up and hold her close. One specific example is from a few weeks ago where my wife was making dinner, Lola, our daughter was in her swing, and she was fussing. I immediately walked towards her and my wife says,
“Leave her, she’s fine.”
I stopped and turned around to continue the conversation we were having but I couldn’t help but look back at Lola. Her fussing settled yet I felt the urge to go over there. It was like I had some sort of tick where I had to turn around and look to make sure she was fine. After almost giving myself whiplash from turning to look at Lola, my wife told me to just go over and pick her up. It was crazy to think that Lola had that much control over me already. Is it because she’s my only daughter or was I this way with Logan too? I recently asked my wife Rebecca if I was this way with our son and she said yes but I think it’s worse with Lola. I’m sure it’s because she’s my little princess but I thought being wrapped around her little finger was supposed to start later on in life? Maybe I’ve been a fool this whole time in thinking this way? I figured I’d get all these years to bring her up in the best way possible and once she hit her middle school years that she would try to get her way with a,
It would most likely be followed up with a hug, a thank you, and a frown from the wife because I gave in like most dads. Hmm…my way of thinking was completely off. Lola is only 2 months and without speaking she is saying please and I’m giving in. Crap! When she’s older I’m going to be screwed. As for now I’ll begin my training in saying “No”. It might be a little hard but I know I can do it. As the years go by though, I’m going to feel the squeeze from being wrapped around her little finger. It’s going to be a crazy ride but I’m ready for it. Are there any parents out there that are wrapped around your children’s finger? I’m sure there has to be someone out there with a similar and funny story. I mean, how crazy is it to think that our children can pull at our strings this way? They could tear something up, we would get angry, but with a flash of a smile that reminds us of ourselves at their age we’re able to settle for a moment and chuckle. I’m sure that if someone had told me early in life that my kids would have me wrapped around their little finger I would have said,
“Heck no! I’m all about the discipline!”
I’m still like this but my kids have a way of pulling at my strings to make some of my “No’s” turn into a “Yes”. Oh if I could only go back in time to tell myself this for preparation but it’s impossible. It’s more fun this way I think. It’s a new experience every day and once you think you have it perfected something else happens to throw you off. Parenthood…there’s nothing like it and I wouldn’t change it for the world.Post Views: 411