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And Grandpa’s Superman 👴 | 80

And Grandpa’s Superman 👴 | 80

Update: 2020-03-06


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In this edition we talk about how the great men and women we see in life are there because they’ve worked through hard things.

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music by Dyalla Swain

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hello and welcome to parking thought the
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curiosity meet gratitude my name is
Jacob and I’m glad you’re here today and
this edition we’re going to be talking
again our theme this week is about
family history right it’s answering that
question that curious question we have
of where do we come from and I love that
because behind each one of us that we
see is a series of decisions made by
different people at different times in
different eras looking and solving and
working to find different problems and
some of those stories we’ll never know
but some of them we can find out and
they help give us perspective and a
framework for how to be able to look at
our lives and we should all be grateful
for the decisions of those that came
before us now I’m going to talk about
how you know earlier I think it was last
week I was talking about
it was my episode about you know the
military funerals and handing off the
flag I think I call that passing the
flag and in that episode I talked about
how the only other military funeral I’d
been to before handing off that flag to
the surviving family member was for my
grandfather grandpa was Brigadier
General Frederick Charles Record jr. and
he was a great man I remember my first
impressions of him were just absolutely
awesome he had a grip and he just felt
like he could crush my hand but he was
so loving it’s so kind a grandpa grew up
with guns he was big on guns and so we
would go over to his house and see some
of the the rifles and things like that
that he had a collection of he would
build these wonderful little figurines
of Napoleonic soldiers and other things
like that as a means to pass time and he
would show us in his garage how he would
melt the lead and and pour that into a
mold to be able to make the soldiers and
then then paint them with enamel paint
he was very good at that so he had a
really good collection of those soldiers
and would you know was also really good
about showing us how to be respectful
what the things were around so he
introduced us to guns but he introduced
us to guns in a way to make sure that we
knew that we were being safe
like five or seven years old on this
happen then you go out and buy us cap
guns right cap guns were so cool when I
was a kid growing up in Southern
California it was awesome so grandpa was
just absolutely great now by the time
you know I met grandpa he felt like
Superman but in the reality he was
getting on in his years and and the
years that he spent in the war and some
of the you know things that happen there
were catching up to him grandpa had a
some really hard times in World War two
he was an infantry officer it was
responsible for a lot of men a lot of
situations that weren’t necessarily kind
at one point he was shot up so bad that
he woke up in England right literally
evacuated and woke up in England later
you know not wanting to be away from his
unit with some of the leadership there
and wanting to take care of his guys he
literally left the hospital without
being properly discharged
so that way he could go ahead and rejoin
his troops his unit served in general
underneath general George’s Patton not
that he was directly related to that but
it’s kind of that campaign so if you
were to watch the movie Patton you would
kind of see some of the era and
experiences that my my grandfather had
he showed up on d-day a few days
afterwards and that was a very humbling
experience for him I am and we talk with
reverence about what my grandfather had
to see and do by the time I met him
though it was like he this guy was
Superman he had all the answers he was
loving he was kind he was firm he was
everything you could possibly want in a
grandpa and I didn’t realize until after
he’d passed away so he passed away when
I was a teenager I raised my right hand
carried on the family tradition joined
the army it was a sixth generation in my
family to join the service
my father enlisted me and you know few
years into my service the president itíd
States decides that were gonna need to
go to war with Iraq and my unit was
selected to go so I found myself in Iraq
and this is in an era when we didn’t
have the internet the way we do now
staying connected meant letters and
things like that
packages from home were very valuable
and at one point in the slog of being
there and the day after day monotony of
the same thing happening and wondering
why we were there my dad decided to send
me a binder and in that binder was a
collection of the letters not from my
grandfather to me not from my
grandfather to my dad but from my
great-grandfather to my grandpa grandpa
went into West Point young man at the
age of graduated high school at
I’ll have to tell you the story about
how he lied to get into West Point but
he got into West Point graduated the
class of but while he was there he
had a lot of growing up to do and he was
doing it away from home in an
environment that was really hard it was
designed to test the mettle of your
character and my grandfather wasn’t up
to the task not by himself in these
letters that my great-grandfather had
written were all these hints and
encouragement and love from a father who
was distant but not distant in his
mentorship and my grandpa obviously
valued those letters and saved every
single one of them and those were the
letters that my grandfather valued that
he gave or that my dad sent to me and so
the the letters are one-sided right you
only hear the ground you only hear you
know the father encouraging the son and
you don’t hear what the sons challenges
were you have to read between the lines
to see that and this idea of being able
to be mentored through this process of
then only the mentors words being left
behind was so intriguing to me that
after I moved on in my career and became
an officer I was in an environment where
it was a training environment I saw a
lot of kids being challenged in that
training environment adjusting to
becoming a soldier adjusting to what was
being required of them in the military
and you know one of the things that they
would have to do is they’d have to pull
a guard duty right or they’d have to you
know be in the barracks kind of a keep
watch in case something were to happen
you know they can kind of be a first
responder and so it was a -hour duty
that they do they chunk it up and have
four-hour chunks or whatever and so
while they were sitting me on this desk
to read and while the letters I had
weren’t exactly digestible for that
audience I wanted to give them something
that would be and so the very first book
I wrote was in line with this idea of
letters from a father to a son I
tailored mine to a son who had joined
the army and was going through basic and
but I I was able to include a lot of the
the stories and a lot of that mentorship
that I saw from my grandfather my
great-grandfather – my grandpa you know
the people that we see in their lives
who look like they’ve got it all
together who looked like they’re super
men and women in our lives at one point
they had to be mentored to become the
character that they’ve learned to be
they didn’t start off that way they had
to learn to become that and you know I
did a podcast recording interview with
Rocco does the Linux spotlight podcast
it was such a great experience but he
asked me to describe who I was and I
told him I was a hot mess moving forward
all right Pete point forward that’s the
direction you got to go and that’s not
entirely true I’m not a hot mess anymore
but I started off that way and I don’t
want to forget that that’s where I was
and I want my children and everybody who
might be listening to this who feels a
bit like a hot mess to realize the story
that they are creating through their
experience one step at a time one day at
a time becomes something that other
people will look at and admire what my
grandfather did was one day at a time
when I got to see it was the culmination
of those events when I got to understand
appreciate with the culmination of those
events but he did it one day at a time
and I bring this up because we have at
least I think is a listener I know he’s
a friend there a friend in the area has
recently moved here and as nice as the
area is he’s learning to rebuild as
mentor Network and his friend Network
and that’s hard in a new city in a new
he’s got the challenge of being a dad a
single dad to a teenager is learning to
drive recently got his license there’s a
lot going on that’s just hard and when
you look back at these family stories
you can see that other people have done
those hard things too and sometimes
there’s a miracle and
sometimes that miracle is just
perseverance and you keep moving forward
and I don’t know how my grandfather did
what he did in his life all at once I do
know he did it in the chunks that he did
and so if you’re having one of those
weeks like Ryan is having right now and
if you’re having one of those as hard
please remember that what you’re doing
is you’re writing your hero story and
other people will take notice when the
time comes they will take notice I
promise you
please stay around there is no reason
for you to think that you not being here
is better than you being here every
single one of you listening and all of
you who aren’t listening add value in my
life and I want all of you to still be
around and to continue to write your
stories and now it may not be
appropriate for all of you to share them
with me but record them in a way that
when somebody has the question of who
they are or where they come from you can
help answer that for those future
generations so please stick around now
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I’m doing it jokingly this time because
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I like to challenge the audience so
challenge you guys to remember in a
world where you can choose to be
anything why not choose to be grateful









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