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Uncle Morris

Middle Son and 6th child

Morris Colchamiro was a great story teller.  As a matter of fact, all of the Colchamiro Aunts and Uncles were great story tellers.  It is a family trait that I admire greatly.

 

My father enjoyed children, his own and especially his brothers and sisters children.  He would always engage with them in direct conversation and enjoyed telling them stories.

 

His sense of humor was well known within the family and a trait that I am happy to have inherited, or at least, I am told that I have.

 

While he retired, at a rather young age of 55, he decided to work for a car service (sort of a bus drivers holiday). Part of the car service business was driving children to their day nursery.  Couple this with his love of driving and love of children, he came up with stories about The Butter Brothers. The Butter Brothers were based on his brothers; Jesse and Oscar.

 

So without formal training, just being a dad and loving children, he came up with the following that I invite you to listen to.

Morris Colchamiro

 

The Butter Brothers Stories

 

Back in 1983 my father sent me a cassette tape for Ethan and Danielle, his youngest grandchildren, living on the East Coast.  Since he did not get to see or visit with Ethan very often, my father sent Ethan a cassette tape to hear the famous (my words) Butter Brother stories.  These are stories he made up to tell children he drove to a Montessori School in NY when he worked for a car service. The kids were ages 4, 5 and 6 year olds and were very noisy in the car.  He had the idea that if he told them a story they would listen quietly. Thus began the Butter Brothers and it worked.

 

 

The recording you will hear was converted from a tape cassette to a digital format.  There is hissing due to the recording medium and in the background is music and talk from a radio station my father was listening to while recording the stories.

 

My father loved children and was always eager to engage with them by telling stories and stimulating their imagination.  He loved to make children laugh and share ideas with them.  His stories stimulated children to explore the ideas he shared with them. One of most captivating tricks he was well known for was to show the children how he could make his thumb disappear. It was a repeated story told by all the cousins as they got older, about his ability to make them laugh with this trick.

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