“The Life and Times of Daisy Martinez”…Through my Children’s Eyes

The Life of Daisy Martinez from Daisy Martinez on Vimeo.

This video was created by my children for my 50th birthday party.

I am usually a very indulgent mom, although I hold everyone of my kids accountable for their actions. Last month, they honored me at my party with this video parody of meaningful people and events that have transpired in the last half a century. David, my youngest son, portrays teacher and mentor, Jacques Pepin, brilliantly, while Marc’s Al Pacino, and kung fu bully are hysterical. Erik counters with his version of rocker David Bowie and Julia Child, while Angela plays a young Daisy, and herself.

Anyone who was at the party can tell you that, I had no makeup on after they aired this, because I laughed so hard that my tears wiped it all away. I have to give my friend and tech genius Jason Perlow a HUGE thanks for getting the video up and running for me. I wouldn’t have been able to share it with you all without his efforts.  So without further ado, I leave you to it…although, may I suggest, tissues, and maybe some popcorn! Enjoy!

And as always, I live for your comments!

16 Responses to ““The Life and Times of Daisy Martinez”…Through my Children’s Eyes”

  1. 1 Anthony June 30, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Hola Daiz,

    What a wonderful tribute. The creativity they showed in just coming up with the idea of the video, along with the talent to pull it off, is amazing. What a great way to mark a special time in your life, not only by having the video to cherish, but to know that your first fifty years produced four wonderful human beings. Now….onto the next fifty!

    Hey, when you coming “down the shore”. My appetite and stomach are waiting……If I can make an hour trip into NYC for various eating excursions, you can come this way. There are actually a few latin places I want you to try, but one in particular because it’s small and the lady that runs it named it after her granddaughter who was born when she opened. Real sweet story.

    Be well,
    Anthony(sofrito pc)

  2. 2 daisy June 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks Anthony! They are truly gems…all four of them make me the proudest mom in the world. The summer is shaping up a bit strange, with scheduling up in the air, but hopefully we’ll make things happen!
    Hasta pronto,

  3. 3 Mike Delgado July 1, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Hola Daisy,

    All I have to say is – WOW!
    There certainly isn’t a loss for talent in this family. Your children were HILARIOUS with their portrayals. Kudos to all of them. But I have to say that Erik’s Bowie and Julia were uncanny and downright hysterical. La Chancleta chapter also brought back some fond and painful memories (so you had one too, eh? Did you get lessons on how to throw it around corners from abuela?) I had tears after it was all over!

    I read somewhere that the secret to immortality is the love you leave behind with those you touched. Your children are a beautiful and wonderful testament to the love that is you. Your influence on them is unmistakable. And I thank you for sharing this video with us. God bless you all and I hope to see the sequel soon – maybe, “Jerry – Zen Master Fists of Piedra!” 😉
    Luv ya!

  4. 4 daisy July 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks so much for your comment. Believe me, I am their biggest fan! The great Puerto Rican author, Esmeralda SAntiago, once said to me, “Daisy, your children are the jewels that adorn the necklace that is your life”. They truly are! By the way, The Silver Fox who is the Zen Master is actually my Papi…that skit is based on an actual event that occurred to me as a little girl, lol!
    As always, thanks for your generocity. oxoDaisy

  5. 5 Lyzz July 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

    i loved it! your children are hilarious!!

  6. 6 Priscilla Tufano July 3, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Hola Daisy!

    That was one great video – your children are so funny and talented (and pretty/handsome too!); everyone did a wonderful job!

    I have to say, the part about “La Chancleta” had me laughing so hard I was crying! It brought back some bittersweet childhood memories of growing up on 107th street btwn 3rd & Lex. Aves in NYC… I swear I remember my Tias being sooo talented with their chancletas they made them fly around the corners AND they never missed their mark!!!

    And I’m looking forward to seeing great new things from you in the future!


  7. 7 daisy July 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you Lyzz! You have no idea how much they get away with because they are such crack ups! There truly are the joy of my life.

  8. 8 daisy July 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Priscilla, I cannot tell you how strongly “La Chancleta” has resonated with my fans. Everyone seems to have a chancleta story! It’s what I tell my fans whenever I have an opportunity to speak with them: These stories are not mine, they are ours!

  9. 9 Lisa July 4, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Oh my god… That was so funny. I sat here with my 3 year old and she was laughing with me too. Your kids are great! I’m sure you have lots of fun with them. My favorite was when your son was demonstrating how to make sofrito. That was hilarious! By the way, who cleaned up the mess? LOL

    Have a great 4th!

  10. 10 daisy July 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Hola Lisa,
    That is actually the problem with my kids! They know how to crack me up, when they know they are going to get “the chancleta!” Thanks for your post, I’m thrilled that you were a ble to share some of my birthday madness with the Martinez-Lombardo family! Hasta pronto…oxoDaisy

  11. 11 Denise ( damm from lj) July 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Omg I just watched the video your kids made. It was so good! lol You must be so proud!

    Hugs Denise

  12. 12 daisy July 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Denise: I am a very proud Mom indeed!

    Thank you for writing..


  13. 13 Jeni July 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    awesome video. I laughed soooo hard when Eric did
    julia childs and he said “Cono”. Its so nice to see that
    the children put soo much thought put into it. “The chancleta” WAS PRICELESS. It looks like you and Jerry
    have done a GREAT job with your Kids!!!!

  14. 14 daisy July 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Hola Jeni, They certainly crack me up. Erik is a master mimic, and that line was definitely one of my faves (“Cono, I seem to have cut the carajo out of my finger!”) I can tell you that when they aired this video at my birthday party, I seriously laughed harder than anyone there! Thanks for sharing!
    Hasta pronto, Daisy

  15. 15 NIlda August 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Dios mio, what a funny video!! Your children are extremely creative and clearly very fond of their mamita. Oh my God “The Chancla” had me rolling…..brought back many memories of my childhood. Thanks for sharing with us!

  16. 16 daisy August 2, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Dear Nilda: Thank you!

    My kids are a funny bunch indeed. I am a very proud Mommy!



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