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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Check out the picture in this post. She’s a cutie isn’t she? This is my 7 month old daughter Lola. She’s growing fast and at times it makes me think about what it will be like when she gets older?Well, as they say, be careful what you wish for. Two days ago I had the pleasure of taking my goddaughter Estrella to a Daddy Daughter Dinner at her church. We were both dressed in our Sunday’s best and I was immediately nervous. It was weird because I kept thinking,
“What if I embarrass her?”
“What if I’m one of those dorky dads?”
I laughed to myself at this thought and when we got there we stayed in the car for a few moments until more people showed up. I didn’t want to be the first one in there. Not sure why but this is how I’ve always been. So once a few more cars pulled in we headed inside. I met up with a few of the other dads and talked for a bit. Estrella called me into the gym where everything was set up and all I could think of was that sooner or later it would be my 7 month old daughter Lola and I doing this. We sat down and began with a salad. The main course was Lasagna and dessert was a choice between strawberry cheesecake and chocolate musse. I had a little bit of the Lasagna and no dessert but it wasn’t because it wasn’t good. I couldn’t eat it because I’m lactose intolerant. It was good either way, I was there for my goddaughter.
After dinner we were all brought onto the gym floor to learn the Waltz. It was pretty funny because all of us dads were rather tall compared to our daughters. We were separated on either side of the gym so that we could practice our Waltz moves alone and then we tried together with music. I believe Estrella and I tied each other in points for stepping on toes and confusing steps. We laughed it off and we got pretty good. We had a good time but every now and then Estrella would ask if she could step out in the hallway with the other girls to talk. I said it was fine but I was left with the other dads. Now, the other dads were not a problem at all but I began to think a lot about Lola. I thought,
“Man…this is a taste of things to come. I need to enjoy the time I have because when she gets older it’s going to be just like this.”
It was odd. I mean, Estrella is not my daughter but I’ve been around her since she was little and I’m like a father to her…I guess that’s why I began to feel the way I was. I suppose all father’s feel like this when it comes to their kids and especially their daughters but I wasn’t expecting it. After the talk with her friends she returned and asked me to dance and I happily obliged. It was a good time overall but it really made me think about my kids. I have always joked with my parents that when I moved out they didn’t care and they respond with,
“You have no idea how I felt.”
Well…I now know what they meant. Thank you Estrella for inviting me. I had an excellent time. Lola…we are going to have an excellent time too but as you get older and even though you may not think so, you will always be my little girl.Post Views: 498
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Being a father has got to be the best job in the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong here. I love being a 9-1-1 professional and all but being a dad? It’s awesome! I have three children and yes I said it, THREE children. If you know my story with my eldest son then you know what’s up and I will always be his dad. There are many adventures that come with being a father and hell, being a parent in general. In this post I want to share some stories with you that makes fatherhood a blast for me.
I have always enjoyed designing different things. There is something about sitting down and zoning on a project that appeals to me. Well my son Logan is the same way in that sense. He has always loved Lego’s and building blocks and when he builds something he zones in and creates the coolest things. For example there was a time when he was in his room building and he yelled for me. I went into his room to see what was up and he asked me if I could help him figure out how to make some blocks stand. I tried a couple times and told him it couldn’t be done. I saw the wheels turning in his head and he told me he was going to figure it out. Now, Logan was around five or six years old at the time and I figure he was going to remain stuck until he yelled for me again.
“I GOT IT, I GOT IT!”
I looked down and asked what it was and he replied with, “It’s a suspension bridge dad.” The boy built a suspension bridge out of building blocks. It was amazing! It made me proud to see that he didn’t give up. He has even built stuff from Star Wars just by looking at the box. He later modifies it to his liking but wow! Logan you are an amazing boy and I love you very much.
Now…have you ever heard the saying, “She has you wrapped around her little finger?” Well when I was told that this would happen to me when my daughter Lola was born I thought I would be able to stay strong and bypass it but I was wrong. Ever since she was born I have been wrapped around her little finger. She is clever, funny, and gets into everything. She’s one and a half and repeats everything we say. I find this to be awesome but when I slip up she catches it. For example, I have a bad habit of saying, “damn it.” So one time I said it after dropping something in the kitchen and Lola happened to be right there. I had hoped that she didn’t hear me but sure enough she did.
Yep she yelled it in her cute little baby girl voice and I chuckled but quickly told her not to say that. She looked confused and said it again as if testing it out. I told her again to stop and she smiled and walked off. I think I’m going to be in trouble later on with her but I love her to death.
As I mentioned above I have three children. My eldest is 13 and although we have not interacted we have had some run-ins. One of those run-ins was downtown Zeeland while I was recording some b-roll for a project I was working on. While recording we ended up face-to-face. We stared at each other for a moment before turning away. I wanted to say hi but I was following his mom’s wishes so I let it go. Believe me when I say it killed me inside to not say anything. As I walked away I looked back a few times and I noticed that he continued to watch me. Did you recognize me Richie? As time has gone on there have been more random run-ins and most recently my family and I were at one of the Tulip Time Festival parades and saw him marching in band. It was crazy to see him marching because I used to be in the band and I marched as well. I can’t explain how good it felt to see him doing that and Logan was excited as well.
I’m proud of my children and very happy to be their father. There is always an adventure that comes from them and I thank the good lord every day for allowing me the awesome privilege of being a father. I love you very much and although I am going to be out of town for father’s day the best gift is having all of you.Post Views: 230
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good afternoon and this is a special edition of the RandomCast. A few weeks ago my brother Fernando a.k.a. Chando, flew up to visit for a week. We had an excellent time! His visit also fell on the week of our fathers birthday and my last day in dispatch. We spent the rest of the time hanging out and grilling and we even had some time to record this RandomCast. In this episode we are joined by two of his childhood friends. Martin and Hector added some excellent humor to the show and we took a trip down memory lane to see how they met and what happened when Chando moved away to Florida.
Get ready for crude humor and life lessons. As always you can email the show at email@example.comPost Views: 285