How I Learned to... "Leap and the Net Will Appear"

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499
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As a realtor we are faced with new situations all the time.  A new area, a challenging personality, new software, an "unsurmountable" escrow problem. While it may seem impossible to deal with some of these challenges, I've come to know you have to just take it one step at a time and know you will figure it out as you go.  I've learned to "Leap and the net will appear".

So how did I learn this?

I started dreaming when my youngest was a high school sophomore, about making a video for her class, and trying to capture some, a lot, most,  nearly all... all 250 kids in her class. Criminy, how do I do that? 

Del Campo High School Girls at water poloI just started videoing, not knowing how to do it, but believing I would figure it out.  I knew how to point a camera, knew how to do basic editing (I had done 2 other water polo season videos), and knew how to make a cool DVD. But this was HUGE. I decided to take it one step at a time, and make progress, but not expect perfection. 

I started showing up with my camera... water polo, football, baseball, hallways at lunch, rallies, homecoming hall decorating, interviews with the kids.  It was so fun.  For 3 years... a few probably thought I was stalking them.

Two months before graduation, I started editing. In between escrows, signings, showing homes, marketing, cleaning house, cooking, sleeping. Actually, my husband did all the cooking and cleaning so I could edit... edit....edit.  Oops, not enough computer memory... buy more. Crud, what's with the sluggish playback... call help line.  Why doesn't this transition work?... swear for two days and don't sleep.  OOHHH... I figured it out. Wait, I forgot two seniors from softball... run to a game in the rain.

The night I processed the final version (it takes all night) it all appeared to crash. Help line to Sally.."You have an irreparable bug. You'll just have to start over." Sally to help line...  "@%^*$#*$*(#&$*#... no freakin way!!!".  3 years of my life down the drain.  But I wouldn't accept that.  I looked at it from outside the box.  I WILL figure it out.  "Maybe this is it".  Another night of processing.  3 am. I'm at the pute checking it.  I play it back.  IT WORKS!!!!!  I do a little victory dance and scream in my head to the video gods.

My daughter softly calls to me from the dark.  She is also awake, knowing what's at stake.  I snuggle into her bed, dissolving into tears at the relief that the biggest technical endeavor of my life turned out.  She holds me, our long legs wrapped around each others, entwined in such loving intimacy.  We lay there until dawn,  chatting... expounding on "going for it", marveling at technology, gossiping about kids in her class, talking about the future... about life.  I knew it was a moment that would stay with me til my dying breath.  So precious, so amazing, so in the moment.  Her loving what I had done for her, and for all the kids of her class.

I went in to work that morning wrung out from crying and the tension release.  On my chair was a hand-written note from my daughter...

Del Campo at Baseball Game
"Momma... while it may at times seem like nobody appreciates the countless hours you've spent working on this video, what you have created for my class is something that will touch many kids.

"The impact you and Dad have had on the students at Del Campo is too great to measure.  While it may seem that some of the sacrifices are in vain, remember the kids you two have been second parents to, the friends of ours that look to you for advice, those you have cared for.  The girls Dad baked cookies for, bought Sierra Shootout T-shirts for, the girls he taught to have confidence.  By sending out emails to organize homecoming halls you gave some kids the first homemade cookies they had had in years. 

"In the same way, this video will give the students whose parents never owned a video camera the first glimpse of them playing a sport, or the only picture they have of their lunchtime group.  This video will give the seniors something to look back on.  And more importantly, proof that someone other than their parents cares and is willing to make sacrifices for them.  I am so fortunate to be your daughter and a part of your life.  I love you both."

More tears.

Grad night came around.  Bowling, blackjack, video karaoke, sticker tattoos... a long night of fun.  At 2 am the kids assembled for a movie, not knowing what to expect, most not wanting to take time out from their fun. The video rolled.  Dead silence. More dead silence. Jaws agape.  No movement. No blinking.  Sweetness  is background music to a section.  "Whooo--oo-oo--ooo......" all in unison.  They are mesmerized. Entranced. Stunned.  For 59 minutes. 

Free Falling

It was all worth it. 

Two weeks later, I was in a gift shop. On the wall was a plaque... "Leap and the net will appear".  That was it!  That was what I had done! I had leap off the cliff, not knowing whether I could pull it off, but knowing that putting one edit in front of the next, one song choice laid down at a time, one transition before the next one was how to do it.  Solve each problem as it came along.  I believed I could do it as long as I made daily progress, even though it seemed impossible at times.

And the net did appear. I figured it all out. 

 

Flickr photo by eidur k

 

 

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Sally Dunbar, 35 year Broker Associate, Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks, CA (916) 524-1548, SDunbar@GoLyon.com "Your Fair Oaks Realtor"

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Gary Woltal
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Sally, you purely exemplify in your life that belief that leap and the net will appear. It took me a little while to get there myself and stop being a fence sitter, but I think if more of us would adopt that attitude we'd go a lot farther. Your daughter's little push for you was indeed a defining moment for you to complete the video.

Apr 04, 2009 11:44 AM #1
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Sally, your post choked me up in so many ways. Your daughter's letter is beautiful, and what you did for your daughter's class is priceless!  Leap and the net will appear, what a great saying -- and you did it! Thanks for sharing this remarkable story and congratulations!

Apr 04, 2009 12:00 PM #2
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Sally Dunbar
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Thanks Gary... it was one of he biggest things I've tackled in my life... and one of the most rewarding.  I watch it every now and then, and still can bring myself to tears, because it is so awesome.  The other lesson for me was that very few of the kids said anything to me afterwards.  Many didn't even think about who had put it together... it just appeared.  My daughter's friends thanked me, cause they knew what I had gone through, and a few parents wrote me notes (each kid went home with a copy), but I got very little feedback.  It was OK though.  I knew what it must mean to the kids to see themselves, and to have such an amazing view of their whole school experience and the music from the time.  I KNEW they appreciated it, even though they didn't say anything.

 

It's like blogging... you just have to have faith you are putting out something worthwhile.  And whether people are commenting or not, you figure someone is reading, and the right people will get the right thing out of it... comments or not.  It's all a leap of faith!

Apr 04, 2009 12:07 PM #3
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Sally Dunbar
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Mary - Thank you so much.  It was fun to write this post, as she graduated in '05, and I haven't put the experience down on paper before.  But it was one powerful event in my life.  Glad to share it with you.

Apr 04, 2009 12:09 PM #4
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Eric Reid
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At teh end of the day the gift that was ment for your daughter and her classmates became a gift to your self -- self knowledge and proof that you CAN do anything you set your mind and heart to

Apr 04, 2009 12:44 PM #5
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Sally Dunbar
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You got it, Eric... that was exactly it.

Apr 04, 2009 02:08 PM #6
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Hi Sally ~ What a wonderful gift for your daughter and for her classmates.  It is something they will return to over and over - and what a treasure to have as they grow up. Such an accomplishment on your part - wow!! And this is an absolutely lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

Liz

Apr 04, 2009 02:27 PM #7
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Sally ~ I got all teary reading this post.  That was a really nice gift you gave to your daughter and her classmates.  I did something on a smaller scale for my son when I bought a nice album and collected all his pictures and the local newspapers' articles, anything I could find, of his high school football team.  I gave it to him Christmas of his senior year and he was very touched by it. 

Apr 05, 2009 01:19 AM #8
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Liz - thanks... it really took on a life of it's own.

Kathy - Your son must have really loved the album.  Go wipe those tears, and go give him a hug!

Apr 05, 2009 01:45 AM #9
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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GOOD MORNING SALLY!  Oh my goodness - this was written so beautifully.  My daughter is only 8 but I know time goes by quickly. Quick enough that I will still remember this post and perhaps leave a lasting memory for her and her friends like you have!  --Gabrielle

Apr 05, 2009 11:30 PM #10
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Sally Dunbar
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Gabrielle, all I can say is "go for it".  You don't have to know how... just take it one step at a time.  Just keep making progress.

Apr 06, 2009 11:09 AM #11
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Sally - I can completely relate to this. I volunteered to create the slide show/video for the entire class of graduating 6th grade students last year (my daughter was one of the students). The show was to represent the student's time at the elementary school from kindergarden to 6th grade. Parents gave me keepsakes (I did not want to be responsible - but everyone got everything back). I had baby pictures, etc. I scanned about 800 photos, took more pictures, video and made sure each kid was represented, etc. (I used a spreadsheet) And then the program became too big for my computer, off to buy more memory (I had never put memory in before). It all turned out great, after countless hours, all the parents sobbed when we showed it. It was a lot of work, but a great memory.

Then I made another a few weeks later for my older daughter's graduation.

Congrats on the presentation, that is awesome you conquered t hat!

Apr 11, 2009 02:45 AM #12
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Sharon - How very cool.  If you stay in the same school tract, you'll have a gret basis for a high school production.  Very awesome of you.

Apr 11, 2009 03:05 AM #13
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Sally - OMG!  What a wonderful and touching story.  You had me in tears (good tears).  What an incredible woman you are.  You're daughter is a lucky woman too! 

Apr 26, 2009 08:44 AM #14
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Sally - OMG!  What a wonderful and touching story.  You had me in tears (good tears).  What an incredible woman you are.  You're daughter is a lucky woman too! 

Apr 26, 2009 08:44 AM #15
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Donne - I'll catch you at the last one.

Apr 26, 2009 09:13 AM #16
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Sally - 2011 and I can still comment on this post - I'm so glad it turned out in the end the way it did! great story!!! I've done large video projects (maybe not quite this magnitude) but I have empathy for what it is like! great post, thanks for sharing -c-

Apr 29, 2011 04:13 AM #17
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Sally Dunbar
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My, my.... blog posts ARE like little diamonds waiting to be discovered!  This proves it.  I know from your cool dashboard that you will see this reply to your comment. I'm glad you found me, so I could find you.  You have a great body of posts to learn from. Now that you are on my radar screen, I'll be more attentive.  Thanks, for stopping by. 

This video really was one of the most impactful things I have ever done. Amazing how technology can bring a HUMAN element to your life.  Not what most people think when they think of tech!

Apr 29, 2011 04:19 AM #18
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You're right I do come back. I wish AR made notifications for a reply to your reply.,. oh well, wishlist!

I like your point of tech can bring the human element, and you are right, not what you'd think. Look at us now, we've met across the country and don't think we can say that w/o the tech factor. :)

Apr 30, 2011 01:36 AM #19
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Tahnks for taking the time to come back....

Apr 30, 2011 01:52 AM #20
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