PAY IT FORWARD.... Don't walk home in the rain

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Real Estate Agent with Johnson Real Estate, Inc. RES.0761759

Pay It Forward... Don't walk home in the rain.

My son had a friend over for the day, if is the beginning of Spring break from school.  When it was time for him to go home, I couldn't believe how hard it is raining.. and it is only to get worse tonight. We drove slowly, it was just so hard to see.

WALKING IN THE RAIN

When I dropped him off, I couldn't wait to get home.  At the last light I took a right into the condo complex.  What I saw was so upsetting, that it still bothers me.  There was this older woman (who I do know.. that goodness) was walking home from the grocery store.  YES, in the pouring rain.  She was pulling one of those baskets on wheels, filled with groceries.  I IMMEDIATELY pulled over and asked was she OK, why was she walking in the rain?

Seems her daughter was supposed to pick her up, but she blew her off.. she rather go out with her friends.  She had no other way of getting home, so she was walking it... IN THE RAIN. 

Thank goodness she knew me, she probably would not have gotten into my vehicle if she didn't.  This blows my mind, it is POURING rain. 

After I dropped her off at her condo, I gave her my cell phone number, this way if her daughter wouldn't help her, or she couldn't find a ride from a neighbor, I would help her out.

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Valerie Osterhoudt is a Cromwell Connecticut Residential Realtor who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Middlesex County of CT, which includes Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Berlin, Middletown, Wethersfield, Newington, as well as all other surrounding areas.  Please visit me at www.CTrealtorMLS.com for all your relocation and/or local needs.  

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Is a Full Time Realtor® with with Johnson Real Estate, in Cromwell, CT who specializes in Homes and Condos For Sale in the Middlesex and Hartford Counties in CT.

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Comments (23)

Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

That is so great you helped her out.. That is infuriating that kids can be that rotten. I could have never gotten away with that kind of behavior and nor would I want to!  

Apr 16, 2011 02:12 PM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

George.. This event was so distrubing to me on SO many different levels.  It STILL is bothering me and I've been home for over 2 hours.

Apr 16, 2011 02:18 PM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Stacey.. I don't know in this case who to blame.  But then again, I'm not living in this house.  I don't know if it is the daughters and the mother is living there or visa versa.  Either way, I don't think it is right for any family member to be this down right disrespectful.

Apr 16, 2011 02:20 PM
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Valerie, how wonderful of you to pick her up and drop her off at her home.  She is so fortunate to know you.  It is amazing to me how elderly people have family that basically ignore their needs.  So sad.

Apr 16, 2011 03:31 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Valerie so many seniors don't want to ask for help.    I persist and they finally give in.  Glad you were able to help.

Apr 16, 2011 04:57 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Valerie, WTG for stepping up to the plate.  Like you said, you don't know the circumstances, but that moment needed a helping hand.  Glad you stepped in. 

Apr 16, 2011 06:05 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Good for you, Valerie.  Yesterday was not a pleasant day at all - drenching rain and coldness.  I was so happy to get home.  I can't imagine what this poor woman was going through and she must have been so doubly upset at her daughter.

Apr 16, 2011 10:16 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Valerie, she was lucky you came along. It is so upsetting, and my guess is this has been a pattern for a very long time indeed.

You certainly did the right thing, glad you were there.

Apr 17, 2011 01:15 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Vickie... It was pouring here last night.  Seeing anyone out walking would have blown my mind, but an elderly (which I am not far from) walking alone the road pulling groceries behind her.  That is just plain NUTS. 

If my sons did this to me, I'd disown them.

Apr 17, 2011 03:17 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Jennifer.. It is a fine line between being proud, and being stubborn... I'm glad she gave in too.

Apr 17, 2011 03:51 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Juli... So am I.  I got drenched putting her groceries into my van, and collapsing her cart so it would fit.  My seats in the van are still wet this morning... but I bet the woman is dry and warm.

Apr 17, 2011 03:52 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Debbie... It *was* raw, and very nasty.  It still seems surreal that this woman was out there walking home.  She kept saying it isn't that far, and she doesn't need my help.  But I am glad she finally gave in.

Apr 17, 2011 03:53 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Andrea... You know the saying "There is a reason for everything".  I now know why I had to bring my sons' friend home last night when his mother was stuck at work.

Apr 17, 2011 03:55 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Valerie, good for you for being there and for offering to be there in the future. Last night was not a good night to be walking anywhere

Apr 17, 2011 04:09 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Ed.. On the way home from dropping my sons' friend back home, I dreaded walking from my van to the house.  Little did I know that someone else was in worse shape then me.  I think I will go over today to this woman's house to see if she is ok.  I just don't want to run into her daughter.. It think I'd give her a piece of my mind.  But is it my place to do so?

Apr 17, 2011 04:19 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi Valerie.

That is a very nice post...You are great in what you do...

Have a nice day.

Apr 17, 2011 06:34 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Joshua.. Thanks.  I had such mixed emotions last night... happy I was able to help out this woman, but sad at the same time that her family didn't care.

Apr 17, 2011 06:45 AM
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hopefully her daughter will not find out the hard way (when she becomes a senior) that you will receive what you put out. Karma is not a good friend when you are not a positive person.

Apr 17, 2011 01:29 PM
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

Valerie,  I'm so glad that you were there to "Pay it Forward".  It is heartbreaking to know that an older citizen is neglected by her child and is left in such a hopeless state.  Thanks for being the one to give her assurance that she will not have to do this again.

 

Apr 18, 2011 04:11 AM
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Valerie- great for you that you were able to help her out. I did the same once. Pouring, probably wasn't driving more than 5 miles an hour, when I looked over and saw a woman with two children huddled under a tree in a thunderstorm. I didn't know them so it was a little unsafe but my heart just wouldn't let me leave them there. I turned around, went back, put them in the car which soaked my seats because the rain was so intense, and turns out they lived all the way across town. The mom was so incredibly appreciative and I will forever have the vision in my mind of her children looking up at me from my backseat with a "who the heck is this lady" look on their soaking wet sweet faces : )

May 26, 2011 01:35 AM

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