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Seriously Catherine – Death & Disney with Brittany DeMarco-Furman | Episode 19

Step into the whimsical world of Disney and explore the unexpected intersection of life, death, and magic with funeral director Brittany DeMarco-Furman from the Glenville Funeral Home. From enchanting moments on a Disney Cruise to reflections on the love that death can bring, Brittany shares stories that touch the heart.

Discover how Disney’s narratives of loss have influenced Brittany’s role as a funeral director and shaped her unique perspective on grief. We also delve into her contribution to a collaborative grief book, where she discusses her experiences as the “last responder” and offers tools for acceptance, resilience, and connection.

Join us for a captivating episode that navigates the delicate balance between life’s adventures and the poignant moments of grief, reminding us that even in the darkest times, there is light, love, and the promise of a new chapter.

🌟Check out Bring Back the Magic which is a Disney themed fundraiser put on by Brittany and the Glenville Funeral Home to raise money for non-profits!! The 5th annual event is coming up and has free entry.

🌟Learn more about The Grief Experience book on Instagram or purchase on Amazon (not an affiliate link).

🌟Check out Brittany on Instagram.

🌟Visit the Glenville Funeral Home website.

HOT TAKES: Madonna falls back during her performance in Seattle as she’s selling out her Celebration Tour! Should she stop touring?!

SARATOGA: Paid Parking is coming to Saratoga Springs, NY in May until September! Listen here to get your updates. Bye bye free parking garages :(

FACE PALM MOM: Face Palm Dad moment this week as Catherine’s husband, Mark, witnesses their youngest daughter make a potty joke to the ski instructor.

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*This Transcript is Autogenerated*

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 0:02
As a funeral director, we do have to be there for children who are facing grief. And I would love to see if maybe Disney can put out something that’s inspirational for how kids could handle grief because we grew up on it,

Catherine Hover 0:15

welcome to seriously, Catherine a podcast about taking your business seriously, but not yourself. Alright, heartaches are up this week and we are talking about the diva the icon. No, it’s not Taylor Swift. It’s Madonna. I mean, Madonna is the definition of diva the definition of icon. She’s been around for decades. So in Seattle this past weekend, Madonna was on stage and she was doing a chair number and she fell back off of our chair. And she’s fine because she’s Madonna. Of course. She has like a million lives. Right? So Madonna has sold out celebration tour, which I guess is like a greatest hits. She’s a powerhouse. That is like span genres. She’s done country. She’s done pop. She’s done rock and roll. I love Madonna. I think she’s amazing. She’s an enigma. Like, you want to just watch her and see what’s gonna happen next. I don’t know, like role model for young girls. Probably not. But it’s things that she’s so relevant and I think we need to give her a break. If she fell off her chair doesn’t even sound like it was her fault. And hopefully that choreographer that dropped her, dropped her chair and made her fall back didn’t lose his job. I think it’s pretty cool that she’s still selling out tours sometimes when people are like, oh, you know what she’s got to like, Just stop already. Like kick kick your heels up and retire. Alrighty, lady, but she loves what she’s doing. I just think like, how amazing for someone at 65 years old to still be killing it and loving what she’s doing. And she doesn’t give a fuck what you think whether she should be stopping? No, Madonna cares, not what you think of her. And I love that. That’s my heartache. All right, this week in Saratoga, all the news is all about paid parking. I have to tell you, when I first moved to Saratoga, I had lived in Boston and lived in New York City for a little bit. And I was living in New Orleans when I moved here. And I was quite shocked that there were no metered parking or paid parking options. Like even the public garages were at the time were not paid. So now we have this beautiful state of the art parking lot that is attached to the city center. There’s always a parking spot and that paid lot but it’s because we have all this amazing unpaid parking opportunities, which is going to change in May, they’re going to roll out a pilot of paid parking opportunities for you and we’ll see how it goes you know, Saratoga isn’t one of those towns that goes quietly into the future it’s always pushed back with change so I tip my hat to you Jason Golub for putting an imposing this program where we’ll be able to charge for parking get some revenue into the city which I think is great because it’s a very touristy town so I do believe that if people are coming into Saratoga they’re not gonna not come because they got to pay for parking I don’t think that’s you know reality so let’s see how it goes. I’m excited what I do like about this is Broadway is completely off limits like because it they know better than to mess with Broadway the downtown main event so they are going to start enforcing this two hour thing especially on Broadway because nothing there is really changing other than you know, they’re going to enforce the rule I have a map here that you can find on Saratoga livings website and it’s a map of like what is going to be to our or permit holders what’s going to be permitted only and then what is going to be visitor paid parking so the public parking lots that have historically been free, like Walton and Woodlawn and between Springsteen and Fila, there’s another public parking right there called Street from Ben and Jerry’s that has historically been free that’s not gonna be free anymore. You’re free parking spaces over so that’s gonna be visitor paid parking behind Putnam market is going to be paid parking, which I think is good, good. You pay for parking Okay, so yeah, Henry streets can be to our or permit holders. So you as a resident as an employee to downtown you can register a vehicle if you have a visitor coming in, you can register your visitor and your guests to park in the permit only. I’m excited. I love change. I love evolution. And you know what this means? It means that our city is growing and we are adapting, we are evolving. So again, I’m really excited to see how it all unfolds. You know, there’s gonna be people with pitchforks, but like, come on, come on, and it’s gonna be good for the city. It’s going to bring in some revenue, we’re going to crack down on the people who are getting tickets. That’s me, I’ll probably get a ticket because you know, it’s supporting the local economy and this is going to be like a pilot from May to September so I am sure there will be lots of opportunities for public forum to state your case if you’d like it if you don’t like it. Our commissioners will take that into consideration and then we’ll go into the future. It’s gonna be great in the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs. We are changing our parking laws. Alright guys on this week’s episode of seriously Catherine, I’m joined by Brittany DeMarco Furman she is a funeral director of Glenville Funeral Home, she’s a mom, she’s a funeral director. She’s an author, she’s a wife, she’s just a badass, and I can’t wait to share her story with you. We talked about our joint love of Disney and her experience as a funeral director. And we talked a lot about the grieving process and how people process death. And it was such an insightful conversation being that I just went to two funerals in the last month. This is a fascinating and inspiring conversation. So let’s get right into it. All right. So you are I like to call multi talented, multi passionate. And what I love so much about you is that you just go for it. Like if your goal was to write a book, if your goal is to own a car dealership, if your goal is to take over the family business, if your goal is to go on a Disney cruise, you’re, you’re all in.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 5:57
I am all in. Yeah, you just tell me and I will jump for it.

Catherine Hover 6:01
I love it. I love it. So first and foremost, I was like living vicariously through you while you were on the Disney Cruise. But it took a turn.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 6:08
Oh my gosh, it took a turn. We were supposed to be on the Disney Fantasy, but it was the Curse of the Black Pearl.

Catherine Hover 6:14
Oh my gosh. And you’re like obsessive mermaid, right? So totally lived that life in Ariel

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 6:19
wasn’t on the boat. And thank goodness I had my long red hair back a month ago when I was on the ship because I had to play the part. So I had a full on mermaid gown with the seashell headband. And the little kids were like looking at me I was like, my life is complete.

Catherine Hover 6:37
living that life so you are like me like we’re Disney obsessed? Yeah, absolutely over the top fanatics and do you know how many times you’ve been in Disney World?

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 6:46
As an adult three times as a child probably this three to four times my parents.

Catherine Hover 6:53
I can’t even count how many times I mean as a kid we went like every other year that was like our thing like we didn’t really travel anywhere else you know it was like Disney was it when we go to Disney now I like tried to like splurge a little bit. But it’s over that. I mean it’s it gets expensive because you buy all that crap and then the kids don’t even play with it like they’re there to see Mickey Mouse oh my gosh, and

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 7:11
the Bippity boppity boo store which is just I’ve never done that it is like it’s such an experience everything and when you go to Epcot like just think of the decor and the structure architecture and just how everything is just so top level admin comes with the price tag of course ya know, when you go there you go over there for the experience the magic that you know in Disneyworld, magic is real. Yeah,

Catherine Hover 7:32
everywhere you look,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 7:33
I don’t care if you’re not into Disney adult like us. You are smiling ear to ear Yeah. And it’s that’s you looking at your child and seeing the glisten and the light in their eyes or you know, you get back to your old childhood roots. It’s it’s, it’s a magical place.

Catherine Hover 7:46
It’s something special. I’m very inspired by Disney the story, how they do like just execute on anything that they can really imagine. Imagineers I mean, that’s a real job. And I sort of like try to take that into real life too. Because it’s like, you shouldn’t have to go to Disney World to like, have that fantasy and that, you know, like Wonder and childlike just magic. You can do that in everyday life. And you should because Tomorrow is not promised. Absolutely. And

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 8:11
the content that Disney puts out there is inspirational. And you know, why does all the moms or dads have to die to die movie and then you got a you know, they have to fight that challenge. And there’s always death in the beginning or somewhere in the Disney movie do you

Catherine Hover 8:26
feel like because your upbringing with Disney and death, it’s it’s allowed for you to have a better outlook on what you do for a living.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 8:34
You know what I always looked at the stories growing up, of course, happily ever after and stuff. But as you grow up, we were 90s babies. So our characters were stronger. They weren’t like Snow White, where you needed Prince Charming us women in the books, we became our own person and find their own way.

Catherine Hover 8:50
I actually look at movies like Mallanna, where she found the spirit of our ancestors And our grandmother. And I kind of see these storylines on how I could build upon as a funeral director in their own way like Mulan, as inspiration was the ancestors, remember where your roots are, and go on. And there’s the Lion King, you know, you’ll find out who you are and who you truly are. So there’s definitely these elements and these movies that I kind of play into my own life and find inspiration on Yeah, and as a funeral director, we do have to be there for children who are facing grief. And I would love to see if maybe just think and put out something that’s inspirational for how kids could handle grief because we grew up on it. Right? So I just had like two funerals that I had to go to back home and oh my god, the way that you do funerals in New Orleans is like it’s an ordeal. It’s a multi day experience. And I pigeon holed myself into like doing that and also writing a Mardi Gras praise. I was feeling all the emotions, and it was overwhelming. And I was telling my friend Mary whose mom passed away it’s like nothing can prepare you for what you personally are going to experience. When you lose someone so close to you, it’s unimaginable and it’s like you cannot prepare for it. I mean, even though Mary’s mom definitely raised her to live life to the fullest, I mean, there was nothing unsaid. I’m sure you have stories where you can sort of share, like people who pass away suddenly, and there’s like a lot of like, oh my God, I didn’t get to say this to them. Or they didn’t say this to me before they passed away. Well, that that really wasn’t the case with this amazing woman. She said everything. And everyone said everything they felt with tar too, so there wasn’t that. But even then it never, never prepared. You just don’t know how it’s all gonna go. The other thing that I felt was so strange, and I talked to Mary about this, because it’s like, I was pissed. People are so inappropriate at funerals, people just like, walk right up to Mary. And it was an open casket. She’s like standing next to her mother in the church. And people are like walking around, and you’re like, Okay, how did it happen? Like, what exactly happened? And I’m just like, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, like, like, Can we can we talk to somebody else about this? Not Oh, my daughter, um, like anybody else in the room can kind of like tell you what happened. Like is you find that at funeral? No,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 11:00
I don’t know what they do down in the south. But maybe they’re a little bit more blunt. But in New York, we kind of, you know, I know people go and ask around and stuff as funeral directors, we keep that confidential. We’re not gonna say anything. I know it can be overwhelming and exhausting. Having people come up to you and say, I’m sorry for your loss. The goal is for them to come and bring their favorite memories of their loved one and bring some peace or gosh, maybe a smile or a warm hug. But rare occasions where people could pull me aside be like, I gotta get out of here. Like they keep asking. But you know, when somebody suddenly does pass, those people are grieving too, because they didn’t have that closure as well. Like I say, we all have a ripple effect in this world. Of course, those ripples are stronger with the inner circle our children and our parents and our best friends. But we we change other people’s lives, and we affect them. So maybe they are on their unique grief journey, where that’s how they had to get it out. Yeah, it’s not right. But

Catherine Hover 11:54
yeah, yeah, I mean, the whole the whole process, that whole experience is closure, you know, like saying the things and if I guess if you didn’t get a chance to tell the loved one anyway, it’s it was just, it was a lot. I do not know how you do your job day in day out, because it just seems like you’re surrounded by grief.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 12:10
I am. But I’m also surrounded by love. It’s these memories. And these are the survivors, I have to stay strong for the survivors. And for instance, I just helped a family and I didn’t know the woman who just recently passed away, we used to talk about jewelry, and she was just so sweet, so warm. When she passed, I agreed for her. I was like, I’m not gonna see her ever again. But then getting to know about her through her family. She loved Broadway and show tunes. And she was a firecracker. And she was a woman before her time, I had so much more appreciation and I got to learn about her and she’s going to stay within me. And also when I was there with the family, I know nobody wanted to do a eulogy or get up to speed. They want to save it for reception, I had a quiet, intimate ceremony before closing the casket where I will go over her obituary some of the words the family said, but also post some themes and some stories that they told me throughout our arrangement meeting and everybody was starting to interact and open up and have that there. And that sacred spot that’s my job is to pull out the love in the darkness. Yeah, pull out the light.

Catherine Hover 13:15
Yeah, yeah. And these days, I guess, funerals have taken to a whole new dimension people they’re not it’s not always just sadness and grieving and awkwardness, you know, because I think that’s another thing that is like a universal like feeling where you’re like, I don’t know what to say, you know, depending on the circumstance, obviously, if it’s an older person, it’s like, Okay, we’re here. If it’s a younger person, it’s, it’s even more, it’s like, if it’s sudden, if it’s, you know, I just, it’s the most, it can be the most awkward thing.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 13:44
You have to be human, you have to be a real person. You can’t just be a robot. Of course, you’d be a professional legally, and also be able to guide them where the next step is, but you got to be a friend in that way and be this really sucks right now. I know, you don’t want to have to do this. We shouldn’t be here. But we’re going to have to start the grieving process together. Yeah. And there’s gonna be people there that want to be there to support you and just know that it’s gonna be okay. But it’s okay. Not to be okay. Yeah. So it got a very delicate Yeah, every person is different, too. So it’s walking on eggshells. Yes, every day all day, but making sure that you’re putting your best foot forward. Yeah, for them. Well,

Catherine Hover 14:28
I know for sure. I think at the last the ladies luncheon, one of our members came up to you and was like, well, she actually came to me. She goes is that is that Brittany from Glenville funeral home and I said, Yeah, that is and she’s like, Oh my god, I have to go talk to her. Because whatever you did for her, you touched her. She felt like she got through that experience with your support and she wouldn’t have done it without you. I mean, she was just like, you could tell in her face that you absolutely impacted her so so largely,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 14:54
and we became friends and it was kind of nice to have that that moment together and then you know, life out afterwards and having that shared bond of a new friendship because in darkness friendships can root out. And I love when people come to calling hours that never met the survivors before they knew the person that passed away. And they come with all these new stories and this whole new beautiful chapter of their life that they never knew about. And they then connect. Maybe they’ll meet for tea, coffee wine. Yeah. And talk more about that loved one and share their grief together. Yeah,

Catherine Hover 15:27
because it’s interesting to I guess I’m just thinking about this a lot. Because it’s, you know, my, my friend, Mary’s Mom, it’s just like to think about the amount of life this woman lived. Like, she had so many different lives. You know, she had an amazing husband married for over two years. And then and she lived in Washington, and she just, she lives so many different frickin lives. It’s so cool. I mean, it’s amazing, right? Because like, just think about how many people she impacted how many people she inspired. And a lot that came out I mean, so many people reached out to Mary again with social media, it’s like you have so much more access to people but people from all over all all have Ms. Helens life, you know, reach out to Mary just sort of like, share with her and it’s just overwhelming, you know, to think about like, Oh, my God, did I even know this lady? Because we didn’t we know one part of our one chapter. Yes.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 16:18
And that’s what makes life so beautiful. Yeah. And you know, God Willing that we have many chapters. And you know what, maybe today or yesterday wasn’t good and hope for tomorrow. And if you can make today the best because, you know, we’re in charge of our own story. We are the authors. Yes.

Catherine Hover 16:34
Okay. So speaking of which chapters, authors, you recently authored a chapter in a book about grief. Tell us more about that.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 16:41
Chapter 19, the last responder continuing for the dead, their grief experience, tools for acceptance, resilience and connection. Wow. Okay. So

Catherine Hover 16:49
tell us how this all came about? Well, the

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 16:52
lead author, Kelly Daltrey, she’s a clinical counselor in Malta. And we connected because I was on the search for a grief counselor to help my families, others, many professionals in our area, but when you look at well, you know what the description of what they study and what they help families with is a bunch of other stuff. And at the bottom, you see grief and bereavement, I don’t want that I want somebody who really focuses on the true root of our grief and how to help them on the grief journey. So Kelly does that. And that’s what her main focus is. So I’ve been sharing her with a lot of my families that need extra help. And then she came to me last February asking me if I wanted to be part of her her collaborative book. So there’s 25 authors, 11. Authors are local. Oh, fun. Yes. So we’re really excited to kind of make connections because we’re all professionals in our own way. But the meat of the book is everybody has a grief story. And then we produce a tool to help people who are reading the book on what helped us and how we want them to move forward in their grief journey. Got it. Moving forward is easier said than done. Right. And my chapter is the perspective of a funeral director, the last responder. So it’s how I grieve every day as I faced death every day as a funeral director, and what I take from these lives that have passed, but also from the survivors, who gives me strength every day. And my tool is the bucket lists. So many talk about your friend, Mary’s mother and what how she had many chapters of her life and live life to the fullest, I really want to share that with the world that there’s so much to appreciate in life, and that you follow your heart to what makes you happy. And tomorrow’s that promise. So try to make the best of today. And so I have some prompts in my tool. But I what I think is so cool is you know, you don’t get to really hear the perspective of a funeral director. That’s what makes it so unique. But that’s just my chapter. I have 24 other authors in this book. So if you throw a ball to the crowd, and a few people catch it, so some people resonate with me, that’s great. But with these 24 other authors with their unique grief experience, we’re we’re helping a lot more people because grief is different baby for

Catherine Hover 19:01
everybody. Yeah, yeah. Wow. That’s amazing. And we’re like, is a New York best bestseller list? Or

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 19:06
best seller? Where Amazon Best Seller? Okay, we were just released February 6, so we’re definitely trending on Amazon. And we are definitely on some bestseller lists. Currently, we were on the grief list. Now. It’s alternative healing. So as you know, with anything, it’s an algorithm. So we had an awesome launch team to help us get that book out there, get the reviews going. And it’s not lost in the abyss of Amazon, because how many books are out there?

Catherine Hover 19:35
Right? Well, I would imagine there’s not many books on griefing because it’s sort of like people avoid having that conversation, which I think is a disservice because like I said, nothing can prepare you for it. And when it does hit, we all know what’s happening. It’s gonna happen right? Like how can you do the best you can to be able to get through that experience, you know, in a full piece right or It’s unfathomable how how difficult but yeah, I mean, It was just one of those like I always said on record want it to be known that when I when I die, I want to have an open casket I’d want to have like a makeup artist definitely do my face. I mean everyone every mortician has a makeup artist.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 20:10
Most of them Yeah, yeah, it’s it’s crazy how some better than others.

Catherine Hover 20:16
So I definitely like want to look unrecognizable. That’s what I say when I like go out and I go get my makeup done. I’m like, make me look unrecognizable. Like I just don’t I don’t wear a lot of makeup. So when I go out I’m like, I want to look like Dawn up. Yeah, so you have

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 20:29
mortuary Botox too. So that’s for another conversation.

Catherine Hover 20:33
Okay, so I definitely just like I want to finish the statement like I so at my funeral, I wanted to be overcast yet I want to look unrecognizable. I want to like the most beautiful thing ever. And I want to have like a keg at the tail end. Like you know, like most open caskets are just the face. Yeah, I want also my I want the whole body to be out. And on my toe. I want there to be like a tap for the CAG Oh, I

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 20:54
love it. So I’m fourth generation. We’re gonna save that for the sixth generation. Okay, our family legacy. So we’ll put that in the pre arrangement. Yeah.

Catherine Hover 21:03
Pre arrangement. Awesome. But also you like like funeral directors, they are doing everything because even like at the wake or the viewing, it’s like you’re putting on an event. You know, you gotta like remind the family they need food and drinks and yeah,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 21:16
it’s it’s customer service. It’s making sure everyone’s comfortable it like you said it’s an event and we want to shoot the light looks right. We want to make sure that the place smells lovely. I mean, we have changed the scent there from Christmas pine in the middle of July because they love Christmas to beautiful Garcinia is because that was their favorite flower. Yeah, it’s it’s a full on sensory Aroma Essence of the person. Yes,

Catherine Hover 21:41
yes. And then when you have to coordinate with the hospital, you have to coordinate with I mean, it’s the family and there’s a hell like a health situation, right you’re dealing with. So it’s like, again, I really don’t know how you do it. I think like thank God for you. And thank God for funeral directors all over the world who do choose to do this for a living. So Okay, back to the book, we’re gonna have a launch party here at palette. So tell us more about that

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 22:05
on Leap Day.

Catherine Hover 22:05
I love February 29,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 22:07
five to 7pm here at Paladin Saratoga, we’re going to have a fabulous evening with all the local authors as well as some that are traveling from out of town. So we’re going to kind of have like a in a way speed dating, you can call it tables for each author a little bit more about us. We’re gonna have some books for sale. If you would like our signature, I’ll have to practice my Disney autograph, autograph. But we’re just here as a resource, but also connection like the book title. You’re here with other people who went through a grief journey. Maybe my grief is the same as yours. And we can connect but there’s going to be authors that have lost children lost parents lost siblings. Ambiguous grief, which is grief of for example, a career that you thought you’re going to have but then you never got any you have to grieve that. So grief is everyday so I’m excited for people to connect with our authors. There will be a vocal reading of each excerpt and awesome and also champagne. I love it always sponsored by the Glendale Funeral Home champagne. I

Catherine Hover 23:12
love it. I love it. Well, did I ever tell you we tried to do a grief group here at palette? We call it a good grief because I kept on saying like there is a silver lining to grief. There are connections being made. There’s healing being done. There’s you know, just a transformation that’s happening and like we should have a conversation around it and I was really in over my head. And so maybe we can miss it that we should revisit it with all of your you know, grieving experience. Maybe we need to bring back the grief. I love that idea. Yeah, awesome. Well, thank you so much for being here. I feel like it was a speed round. We’re gonna have to have you. Have you come back.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 23:46
Well, I’m off to we’re buying a dealership in Glenville. So car dealership car dealership, that’s why I’m dressed like a car dealership.

Catherine Hover 23:53
I love this. What is that movie? Was it Aaron Matilda,

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 23:56
have you ever seen? I feel like Danny DeVito right now, but my husband I’m so proud of him. He’ll put me in a casket. I don’t show up there on time for the closing and all the days. So where’s the dealership located Freeman’s Bridge Road and Glenville right across the Walmart in Glenville. And it’s used cars it’s gonna be used cars repair

Catherine Hover 24:18
oh my god, I’m so excited. I want to come like on site visit Absolutely. I will drive some cars. I want to

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 24:24
bring back like the old like I don’t know if you’ve never we’re here with the facility commercials. Oh, with. Oh, what Caroline? Caroline. Huge.

Catherine Hover 24:33
Yeah, I used to like be mortified. Who knows this dude, he sold he sold all this dealership. He died and passed away. He passed away and an icon and this was something loud, like

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 24:46
quite the legacy that we’re even talking. Hey, yeah, we’re continuing with legacy. We’re talking about him. That’s

Catherine Hover 24:51
awesome. Anyway, I think that there’s a future content field trip seriously Catherine field trip to this drive Digital Drive ditch. doll is the name of the dealership. We’re

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 25:01
more millennials we’re being cool with the name. We’re not naming it and love it Furman automobile.

Catherine Hover 25:09
Well, I’ve Digital Drive You look very prepared to go to an attorney’s office and buy a car dealership right now. Well Oh, I’m

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 25:17
so much fun.

Catherine Hover 25:20
Know Me too. I’m just like I’m so like, proud and happy for you that you just like keep going and going, going.

Brittany DeMarco-Furman 25:26
Thank you. i You and Marcela always give me strength and inspiration and friendships. So my hat goes off to you.

Catherine Hover 25:32
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This week’s facepalm mom moment is more like a face dad moment because I wasn’t actually there to experience this but it’s Sunday. It is ski day. So all three girls are in ski lessons. So we have to divide and conquer. So Mark took Zia and I took Posey and Ruby I took a break from watching Posey because she was like doing really big S turns and doing great job. And I was like, very impressed and everything, but I was like, oh my god, I still haven’t seen Ruby do anything because I was at a town the last couple of times that they were doing ski lessons. This is at Willard mountain. So I’m walking back towards like the little kernel area where the kids are, the little ones are and Mark is like crying laughing. I’m like, oh my god, what happened? So Xia my four year old, she does a little joke that she does with with people, like I think she gets nervous or whatever. So it’s this old trick where she tells you she holds her hand open and she says open open my finger. So she, you do this, if you’re like, you know, playing along with her, she tells you to stick your finger in her hand. And so you stick your finger in and she says, okay, swirl it around. And it’s so cute. You gotta picture her saying that she’s swirl around and she goes, Okay, take your finger out. Okay, now close my thumb and she closed them and she’ll tell you, thanks for cleaning my toilet. And it’s just like something you just don’t expect for her to say because she’s adorable. And it’s just got this cute little voice. Anyway, I’m walking back up to mark and I’m like on the way to go look at Ruby who’s in another section. And she goes, Oh my god. Zia just made the ski instructor do the toilet trick. And it’s just so funny because all the ski instructors at Willard, the majority of them are like older men. I’m so bummed that I didn’t get to witness Zia telling this old man do the full toiletry. But I think they were waiting for her turn to go and I just can’t even picture xiaobian Like, Hey, old man, take your finger in my hand. And anyway, so Mark said he cracked up laughing and the guy like belly laughed because it was adorable and so funny. And I think just like totally not expecting this little sweet angel child to do a potty joke. Anyway, that’s my facepalm moment. You know, kids just say the darndest things. Thank you for listening to this podcast. And if you want to connect with me slide into my DMs on Instagram. My handle is Catherine hoever.

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