Vic Gundotra – Icon Ambulance

Vic Gundotra – Google+ – Icon Ambulance One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was….

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

“Hey Steve – this is Vic”, I said. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn’t pick up”.

Steve laughed. He said, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”.

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

“So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow” said Steve.

So Steve.

Aggravating…

There aren’t many things more “parental” than sitting down and reading a book with your kid. They’re learning something. You’re teaching something. You’re also getting some quality time spent with them. All in all, a big win for everyone, right?

Now throw stuttering into that mix. I don’t know why, but as far as I’ve come with my stuttering in my lifetime, it’s never more difficult than when it’s me and Brian. Or me and Caroline. One on one.

It’s emarassing. It’s depressing. It’s maddening. It’s humiliating.

What’s supposed to be something so rewarding for me (as well as them) turns into something that eats at me. Every single time. It shouldn’t be like this.