“I Love My Parents” is about to become a movie about my mom and dad
Posted On July 16, 2021
By DAVID RODRIGUEZAssociated Press writerDavid Rodriguez has always been interested in stories about his parents.
The former baseball player, who grew up in a family that had three great-great-grandparents and a great-grandmother, had a passion for the subject.
Rodriguez, now an editor for the New York Times Book Review, wrote about his own father, a Cuban immigrant who left his home country to come to the U.S. in the 1950s.
His father was an insurance salesman, and the family moved to a three-bedroom home in the Bronx.
Rodruez recalled how the couple had to sell the home because of the flood and then had to go into foreclosure to pay off the mortgage, leaving Rodrigues mother, a lawyer, to fend for herself.
He said that after his mother died in a car accident in 2004, he and his father spent a few weeks at a funeral home looking for a place to bury his mother, whom they couldn’t afford.
He said his father also had a difficult time in the 1960s when he was a child growing up in an impoverished family in Puerto Rico.
He also said his mother had a harder time than most parents to support him.
“They were poor, but I knew that their lives were good,” Rodriguez said.
He added that the only thing he ever worried about was how he would spend his life.
He remembered his mother as a good person who was a hard worker and never allowed her worries or concerns to influence her decisions.
“My dad never gave up and always stayed the course, always had faith,” he said.
I had a lot of dreams that he was going to be a great scientist, he said, “and that he would someday come back to the country and study medicine.”
He added, “When I would see him, he was always there to support me.”
The first book Rodrigueta wrote about the family was called “The Last Man.”
“I Love Your Mother” was written in 2009 and it was about Rodrigueros father, whose story was featured in the documentary, “The Lost Son.”
Rodriguezes father was the father of three children who were born between 1940 and 1945.
He had four other children, but Rodrigua s mother died before Rodriguzs fourth child was born.
Rodrigues son, Juan Carlos, was born in 1947 and was named after his father.
RodRues mother also died at the age of 90 in 2017.
His sister, Claudia, is the director of the Puerto Rican Film Center and said she was honored to have received an honorary degree from the UConn Film Institute.
She said her father was also an actor.
He was also a successful entrepreneur and was a director of a company that produced some of the early technology used in airplanes, said Claudia.
Rodricues son was a member of the United States Air Force.
Rodrique and Claudia had a daughter, Claudia Elena, who lives in Miami and has been a writer, director and editor at the Miami Herald.