Episode 7 - A fruity guy
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing brings Richard more joy than fruit, especially papaya. But the fruit cup at Richard’s senior living residence leaves something to be desired. He’s lucky to get half a strawberry sometimes.
Margaret investigates the origins of Richard’s obsession, which takes them back to the tropical islands of the Philippines where the family lived in the 1950s and ’60s. The vibrant colors and strong tastes of the exotic fruits flood everyone’s memories.
Now in Philadelphia under lockdown, Richard must work on his son Scott—with deft negotiation and meticulous timing—to keep him in fruit.
“Vernouillet” and “Slow Strutt” by Blue Dot Sessions.
“Binasuan” by Juan Silas Jr. and his Rondalla.
Conversations between a dad and his children capture the sheer joy of talking, singing, and laughing with Richard, a man of simple pleasures, expansive intelligence, historical perspective, and progressive politics. In Season 1, Richard is living under lockdown in his senior living residence during the coronavirus pandemic. It tells the story of Richard’s resilience and of the family’s efforts to ease the psychic impact of his isolation. In Season 2, Margaret asks Richard why he talked so much about vocation when she was growing up. Richard offers the wide arc of his theological understanding—from the need to care for working people to the cosmic Spirit that holds the universe together. They decided to devote an entire podcast season to vocation.
Fruit brings Richard joy, especially papaya. But the fruit cup at Richard’s senior living residence leaves something to be desired. Richard must work on his son Scott—with deft negotiation and meticulous timing—to keep him in fruit.
The music in this podcast is Slow Strutt and Vernouillet by Blue Dot Sessions and Binasuan by Juan Silas Jr. and his Rondalla.
Blue Dot Sessions: https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/null