My Best Close Ever and Forever

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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This is a love story… so how do I relate it to blogging and real estate? I guess you could call this the “take away close.”

When I was very young and very single I was working at the hospital with a friend named Sandy, who was very bright and very cute. She too was a registered nurse just like me. Sandy came in one day and said “I’ve got someone really special that you have got to go out with.”

Well I had a policy back then: No Blind Dates. My social calendar was full. I said to Sandy, "If he’s such a catch why don’t you go out with him?" She answered, "I would love to, but he won't even give me the time of day." So I was intrigued, and wondered how she ever talked him into calling me?

Lee RomeThe first time Lee called we talked for more than an hour. I found out that he was much older,  he had been married, he was divorced, had a 12 year old son, and flew an airplane. He figured if any one of those things was a turn off, he would find out right up front. (I later found out he had a No Blind Dates policy also.)

We made plans for Tuesday for a late date to go out for a drink. Why waste an entire evening on a blind date? If we didn’t like each other, we would only have to spend a short time together.

 But then my plans changed. An old flame  stopped by my hospital (I was head nurse of Pediatrics and OPD).  We had not seen each other for a couple of years, Steve asked me out and I accepted. 

So I called Lee and told  him about my date. I told him that I knew this guy, I like this guy and I had not met Lee.  Later found out Lee thought he was lucky not having to go on a blind date..... but I think he might have been  a bit intrigued that someone would actually break a date with him. He agreed to Wednesday night.

Well Steve stayed in town another day and then another and asked me out for...you guessed it… Wednesday and then again Thursday night. Again I broke  dates with Lee. We finally went out on Friday night for a late drink and what we both thought would be a short date. We wound up closing the joint. We talked for hours. 

Lee and MargaretLee and I dated for almost two years! But in his past conversations told me, he would not marry again, would not use the word "love,"  and was not interested in having another child. Now understand that I was a Pediatric RN, I adored kids, and wanted four boys! Two years we went out together, and two years I continued to see others. The more together we were, the less I wanted to be apart.

My friends were saying..  "fish or get off the yacht." I knew that an ultimatum for Lee  was not  the answer...no chance was  I going to push him away. When I was ready to have this talk with him, the words would not come out... but the tears did. This was a first, he had never seen me cry and was at a loss for what to say.

Then he spoke those now famous words, "You have to let me get used to loving you."  Remember "Love" was a word he would never use..

So with that one sentence, I started planning for our wedding. Lee never  ASKED me to marry him. Well, not until our 25th anniversary, and I still have not given him an answer! We have been married 14675 days. 

So how does this relate to real estate? Be prepared. Watch those signals. Really listen to those words. There are many ways to CLOSE the deal. This was my best close ever and forever!

Do you have a special closing story?

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Hi Margaret, Great love story.  Tears are powerful, they helped Lee bring forth the opening you so wanted to hear.

(Thanks to your later post for bringing me here!)

Gloria

Jan 29, 2012 09:36 AM #72
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Gloria, It is still a great love story! Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Feb 02, 2012 06:17 AM #73
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OK, Margaret~you made me cry!  My parents met on a blind date, I met my future husband on a blind date....it's funny how divine intervention works. I asked my dad while he was dying "to find me the right guy".(I was 43 at the time and had never been married). I saw my future husband on my birthday four months after my dad died, and I was wearing his ashes in a pendant around my neck that day. After we were introduced by one of my dear friends a month later, I soon found out that his birthday was on my parents' wedding day. So, we got married on that day to honor them a year a half later. 

Feb 03, 2012 04:20 PM #74
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Gayle, Now that is a wonderful love story. Hope you will consider posting it and sharing it with all of us. Congratulations on finding the right guy.

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Margaret

Feb 03, 2012 04:28 PM #75
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Margaret: That is such a sweet story. I clicked on the my Lee link from your puppy dog blog, and am glad that I did.
Sep 12, 2012 01:12 PM #76
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Beautiful story Margaret..........I knew bits and pieces of it, but so nice to read how "it" all began.

Sep 12, 2012 01:21 PM #77
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Melissa, So glad you stopped by. ------ Roger, I thought you had read this one.
Sep 12, 2012 03:20 PM #78
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Seems to me like I had read it too, but I was surprised I never commented on it.  Maybe I commented on another post that lead me here.  Nonetheless............amazing story!  Love it!

Sep 12, 2012 09:53 PM #79
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Roger, This was written four years ago. I keep linking back to it. Thanks for reading.

Margaret

Sep 13, 2012 03:48 AM #80
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That is priceless. You should repost on Valentines Day! Heck, I'll reblog it!
Feb 13, 2013 12:11 PM #81
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Good morning Margaret and what a wonderful story. I think this was your best close ever. A lovely and moving story. Sounds like a book to me...I want to read the next chapter.

May 30, 2013 07:43 PM #82
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Cheryl, I am a few months late responding.

Sheila, It would be a good read. Thank you.

May 30, 2013 08:21 PM #83
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Margaret, on your 25th wedding anniversary, when he asked you to marry him, how did you respond?

As I read your BEST CLOSE EVER, I remember that day at Tulkoff's when I stopped by the horseradish factory to arrange to bring a tour group through the plant, and your LEE was in the office. I had no idea who he was, beyond someone who worked at Tulkoff's.

I was introducing myself to Phil, the owner, whom I'd never met before, and 'selling' my idea to bring a group through the plant. Phil was concerned about safety and insurance and contamination and "best practices" in a food plant. I tried to sell my qualifications as historian, native of Baltimore, winner of "BEST TOUR GUIDE" from Baltimore Magazine.

I described the size of my group, and time we would arrive. And Phil talked about the problems of parking a motor coach and hazards like what if someone fell while on his property.

Well, if I have any sales skills at all, I know how important it is to listen to the other person. I had to respect Phil's position as owner of the plant. I realized that I had to guide this conversation into NEUTRAL, away from she who asks and he who does not say "YES!" I had to take a different tack. I took a deep breath, left some silent space, and said that I was a Sinai nurse and Lee saved the day. "My wife is a Sinai nurse. Do you know her?"

I've brought groups to Tulkoff's ever since, even to the new plant. And on my big birthday, a huge beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived from Phil.

Aug 06, 2016 01:15 AM #84
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@zippy  I told him I would have to think about it. My plan was to say yes on our 50th anniversary. As you know we only made 47 !

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wonderful story; truly wondeful. Sometimes Cupid works in very strange ways.

You were lucky for the 47.

Sep 26, 2016 02:28 PM #86
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Claude Labbe I was so lucky and knew it! Very thankful for what I had.

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland What a wonderful story!  And what a perfect match!  Some things are just meant to be.  You and Lee were just meant to be.  

PS - I met Richard on a blind date.  (Sorry for choking on the phone.)

Jan 12, 2017 01:34 PM #88
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Elyse Berman We were definitely meant to be! What a wonderful life we had! I am so lucky. Good talking to you today.

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A lovely love story!  "What's meant to be will find a way"  : )  Love the photos, too.

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Thanks Dianne Goode and I enjoyed our conversation today!

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