A Realtor Experience

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL 481.010183

OK, so the deal did NOT go through because at the last minute_________________________(YOU fill in the blank!)  You were tasting that money weren't you?  Your plans were to pay that bill, stock up on supplies, get someone a gift, etc.... (Of course, it NEVER entered your mind to do something for yourself, right?)

Now, if THAT wasn't enough, you get a call from your wonderfully faithful & loyal seller asking you to please cancel the listing because: ___________________________(YOU fill in the blank!)

No problem, you've adjusted yourself to this before, so again, with a shrug of the shoulders, retrospective thinking, and a water-under-the-bridge-outlook, you take the stoic mask out of your "treasure chest", blow the dust off and slap it on your face!  NEXT!

On to the computer to send out updates to your remaining sellers and buyers!  Hmmm... among the list of messages is an emailed letter from one of the seller's attorneys announcing that the short sale due to close in just 2 days was foreclosed on TODAY!!   WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

WAIT!!  There's more........ On your way home, you discover a freshly positioned  "FOR SALE" sign stuck in the yard of:_______________________________(YOU fill in the blank!)

Knees don't fail me now, you're thinking, as you wobble inside the door.  You collapse in your favorite chair clutching the mail that was gathered from the mailbox on your way in.  Your eyes spy a particular envelope....  The script is unmistakably handwritten, the stamp affixed lopsided, and it's return address is not present.  Your brow instinctively forms a puzzled expression as you brace yourself in minuscule moments of silence...

Hearing yourself breathe, you hesitate before opening it after finding no clue present indicating whom the sender may be.  Your musings dismissed the finality of it being junk mail.... Nah!  this appeared to be TOO authentic!  A small amount of precaution registered when a fleeting glint of "anthrax" peeped out amidst the tally of fear mongering images poised to invade your mind.  Well, you quickly discard that supposition - smug in your knowledge of prevention, your sniffer is already pre-conditioned on what to do! 

"It's amazing how curiosity can practically eradicate thoughts of freshly experienced bad news!!" 

OK I'M OPENING IT... you think inwardly... Of course, you then proceed to salvage through all the other mail first.  Sighing, you rehearse the happenings of your day, seeking justifiable consoling... to no avail.  Tears fail to come.  Slinging your coat to the chair, you walk over to the refrigerator to get a cold one.  OH GOOD!  Husband left some orange juice in the carton!  Cool!

Sitting to the table in the kitchen, it finally happens... flowing, then rolling, peaking to unrestrained gushes... blinding both eyes... the pent up tears irrevocably make their escape... upon witnessing the contents of the decisively opened letter: 

It's an ORIGINAL drawing sent by a child showing gifts being presented to THE KING!  Suddenly... nothing else that could ever transpire THIS DAY mattered...

 

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image courtesy of Vincos

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George Souto
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Diane, He does not send us more than we can bear, but some times He does test us close to the breaking point.

Dec 06, 2010 01:45 PM #4
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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George:  AH!  testing....

Dec 07, 2010 05:01 AM #5
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Charita Cadenhead
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So Diane, are you a "Hitchcock" fan? That was quite suspenseful with a pleasantly surprising ending.

Dec 09, 2010 05:31 AM #6
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Hey Charita!  Like to add a touch or two to keep it live!  I had a kick out of writing it.  THANKS for reading it!

Dec 09, 2010 12:53 PM #7
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Nick T Pappas
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Diane, you're just a big ole tease...no wonder Husband or is it Husbo...loves you!!

Dec 12, 2010 03:12 PM #8
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Nick.... We have choices in live.... DIE or LIVE.... If the choice is to LIVE... what's wrong with livening it up a bit?

Dec 12, 2010 04:07 PM #9
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Diane ~ I just loved this one!!!  Unfortunately, I could fill all those blanks in with my own clients!  It is all in the perspective.  Life is what you make it.  Great post!

Dec 13, 2010 02:54 PM #10
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Diane, as Dawn said life IS what you make it...and I agree...lets liven it up!

Dec 13, 2010 03:45 PM #11
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Diane Rice
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Dawn:  Glad to hear this drew a spark from you!  Appreciate you reading it!

Nick:  We MAY as well..... OR we'd be boring boring... and NO one would want to be around us!

Dec 14, 2010 12:26 AM #12
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Diane, Things do get tough...just hanging in there some days and then a little angel sends something special your way...nothing compares! How sweet AND timely it sounds like! Merry Chriistmas to you and your family!

Dec 14, 2010 01:20 AM #13
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Diane, first let me say you are an excellent writer and I enjoyed reading your post. I felt the pain of the Realtor experience and found great joy at the end when you opened the letter.

Dec 14, 2010 02:53 AM #14
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Wanda:  Girl, listen, seems we are so used to dealing with challenges, until that has become our NORM!  We try to keep moving.... in doing that, you see the WONDERFUL end of the day!  Merry Christmas to YOU & family as well!

Rebecca:  HAH!  So GLAD!  WE experienced it together didn't we? 

Dec 14, 2010 04:23 AM #15
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
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I can't believe I missed this post, Diane. As I read your post I felt every disappointment the Realtor had and then the joy of receiving the message to the King. Messages, and blog posts, come at just the right time.

Dec 16, 2010 12:28 PM #16
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Donna Paul
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Diane: That was so GOOD. I just love the ending. Now that Card was priceless. Sometime we look at all that life has given us but we forget to look at the small things that makes a difference. Thanks so much for sharing.

Dec 17, 2010 12:57 AM #17
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Carol:  You know, you found it when it was necessary.  Rejoicing with you after learning it was beneficial to your heart!  Make me humbled to hear the post was of worth.

Donna:  HEY there! Yes, Donna.  The value in the small things are often over-looked. Knowing you read it and got something out of it blesses me. 

Dec 17, 2010 04:09 PM #18
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Kathy Caylor
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Oh Diane - what a wonderful blog. I was going along with the story and definitely "felt your pain". So, when you lifted my spirits in your typical style, I couldn't help but smile! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2010 08:54 AM #19
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Hi Kathy!  Thank you for reading and identifying... it hits one right there doesn't it?  Happy NEW Year to you also!

Dec 31, 2010 06:04 AM #20
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Mary Yonkers
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Happy belated New Year!  Miss ya around the pool (AR).  Hurry back.

Jan 20, 2011 01:52 AM #21
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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HEY MARY - Too busy running trying to  run my business!

Jan 20, 2011 07:33 PM #22
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Mary Yonkers
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Diane--I thought that might be the excuse be the case but I wanted to say 'Hello' and Happy New Year.'

Jan 21, 2011 03:09 AM #23
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