life rattle show no. 1238

Presented on THURSDAY, january 10, 2013


Hosted by laurie kallis


"Power Rangers"
"Grandpa's House"
"Pappas Billiards"

by Andrew Ihamaki

tonight's Show

Tonight, on Life Rattle Program Number 1238, we feature three stories by new Life Rattle writer Andrew Ihamaki.

Andrew Ihamaki was born in Peterborough in 1989, the youngest of three children. At age twelve, he moved from a city of more than 72,000 to the small farming village of Cambray, just north of Lindsay. It was a culture shock for him, trading sidewalks and parks for expanding fields of hay and soy. Andrew Ihamaki grew up an avid sports fan, playing all types of sport, with a penchant for hockey. Along the way, he also developed a love for the visual arts and finds inspiration in the contrast between the rules and organized structure of competitive sport and the inventiveness and open-ended creativity of visual art.

Andrew Ihamaki’s storytelling is subtle—he doesn’t hit you over the head. His observations are quiet and almost understated, setting such a reposed mood you can almost hear a pin drop. In his descriptions, he truly shows and rarely tells. Indeed, what he leaves unspoken is often more powerful than what is said.

Tonight’s first and second story are both told from the perspective of a child. In the first, a little boy watches his mother get ready for work as he also prepares himself to watch his favourite Saturday morning cartoon. In the second, a boy unhappily visits his grandpa’s house where his father now lives.

In our final story, our narrator is now a young man who anxiously waits for his girlfriend to arrive after work.