What’s Aunt Bee doing in my MeMe?

Real Estate Agent with The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

Although I personally feel that every post I write is another piece of ‘meme'...my buddy, Lisa Heindel, seems to think that I'm holding something back. In her recent post, A MeMe Trifecta, Lisa shares 5 of her previously hidden secrets and has tagged me to do the same. After reading Lisa's post, Martin Abeshaus also joined with her in demanding that I strip away all my masks and reveal the naked truth about what makes Elizabeth Nieves tick. Lisa and Martin...I'll do my best to make you proud!

Well...gosh, golly, gee whizz...where do I begin? I was born a coal miner's daughter. (Oh...wait a minute...that's not me! That storyline belongs to country singer, Loretta Lynn.) I, Elizabeth Nieves, was born in Durham, NC in 19-- (A real lady never reveals her age!) Now that I think about it...Loretta Lynn and I do have one thing in common. We were both born into very poor, Southern families.

1)  Although I've lived in many different homes, there is one place that I will always consider my ‘real home'...Quail Roost Farm. My family moved to Quail Roost Farm when I was six years old. Quail Roost Farm was my special gift from God...a wondrous and amazing place for any little girl...especially one as daring and imaginative as I was (am). Surrounded by horses and nature, each day was a new adventure...an opportunity to live out one of the escapades I had plotted in my mind.

On one such day, my younger brother and I were playing on the hill in front of our home. He was my captive, and I was a fierce, Indian warrior. I had tied him to the tree, and I was contemplating his torture when a golf cart putted down the road...just in time to save my brother from his horrible fate. As the golf cart came to a stop, Mr. Phillips (the caretaker of Quail Roost Conference Center...located at the top of the hill), commented that he had someone he wanted us to meet. He pointed to his passenger and asked my brother and me if we recognized her. In unison, we squealed..."That's Aunt Bee!!" Frances Bavier played ‘Aunt Bee' in the 1960's TV program ‘The Andy Griffith Show'...which was set in Mayberry, NC...a fictional town based on the real town of Mount Airy, NC. Aunt Bee was a superstar to us!

2)  Now that I've admitted that I'm really just a country girl who grew up on a farm, I suppose this is a good time to talk about my ‘old-fashioned' values. As a REALTOR® and broker-in-charge of my own firm, I have developed a public image as a strong business woman who can go head-to-head with any man in the business and come out standing. I'm also a fierce negotiator who remains calm...even under intense pressure. However, when it comes to my hubby, I melt like butter and transform into a delicate, feminine flower.

To further demonstrate my point, I will share something that happened recently. In August, I attended a real estate convention in Austin, Texas. As Keller Williams' guest, they arranged for me to share a hotel room with another REALTOR® from NC...a woman I had never met in person. Although Cindy did not know me personally, she well knew of my business reputation. She had taken an early flight to Austin and was already settled into the hotel when I arrived...talking on the phone with my husband...telling him all about my flight from NC to Austin. We rarely spend time apart, and I was already missing him. We talked for about an hour, and then I hung up...tears streaming down my face and sobbing like a little girl.

Two days later, as Cindy was leaving the hotel, she said..."Elizabeth, I gotta tell you something. I had this idea of what you would be like...but when I heard you talking to your husband that first night...you totally demolished my image of you." I smiled and said, "Cindy...I LOVE my man!" She replied, "Girl...I haven't met him yet, but he must be one amazing man to make you react like that after ALL these years of marriage." I just kept smiling...knowing that Cindy had seen a side of me that I reserve only for my husband.

3)  While I'm on a roll...let's go ahead and get something else out into the open. You know how little girls grow up watching fairytales about knights on white horses and princes who rescue the damsel in distress? Well...I have a ‘thing' for heroe s. Please understand that I'm NOT referring to superheroes such as Superman and Batman. NOPERS! My heroes are men such as William Wallace in Braveheart and Robert Roy MacGregor in Rob Roy...men who, driven by the love of a good woman and for their just cause will lay down their lives without a moment of hesitation...men of conviction, courage and honor. These are my heroes.

Are we there yet?? Oh man...I've got to give Lisa and Martin TWO more secrets. (How am I doing, guys?) Let's change the subject a bit.

4)  Most of my regular readers know that I studied Visual Design at North Carolina State University School of Design. What no one knows is how I came to be a student at NCSU School of Design. For four years of high school, I was absolutely certain that I would go to college to study either Veterinary Medicine or some other medical science. I had applied and was accepted into the School of Veterinary Medicine at NCSU. A few weeks before graduation, I had a moment of clarity and realized that I did not want to study any form of medicine...that I wanted to be an artist.

Immediately, I made an appointment to speak with the school advisor...who quickly advised me that I was making a big mistake. She suggested that I ‘not make waves' and just ‘go along with the plan'. I did not take her advice, and I called NCSU to apply for a position in the School of Design...clueless to the facts that the School of Design only accepted a handful of students each year...that they had already filled all of their openings...and that the School of Design required all applicants to undergo a live interview with the Design School staff. The gentleman who answered the phone asked me a few questions about my background and reason for waiting so late to apply. I was very honest with him, and he seemed genuinely impressed. A few days after my conversation with him, I received an invitation in the mail to go for my staff interview...along with instructions to bring my portfolio for review. Aside from the fact that I did not have a portfolio, I was ready for my interview!

On the day of my interview, I took a bus from Durham to Raleigh...and then walked 8 blocks, in pouring rain, before arriving at my interview...drenched from head to toe. As I waited, I noticed that the building seemed very quiet...too quiet...but I was so excited that I thought little more of it. Then, a grey-haired gentleman stepped out to greet me. He led me to a room and proceeded with the interview. He asked me why I was so wet...and then asked to see my portfolio. I presented him with three drawings...one from third grade, one from seventh grade and one from the day before my interview. I then explained to him that I had never actually taken a drawing or drafting class...but that I was a natural artist. I told him that I was the first person in my family to graduate from high school and that I had followed an academic course in school in order to please my teachers and family. I then looked him in the eyes and shared with him my lifelong dream of becoming an artist. He smiled, shook my hand and wished me luck.

Three days later, I received a person al letter from him...the Dean of the Design School. He told me that I was the first applicant he had seen in years that had the heart to fight for their dreams...that he could not hold me back...that he had made an exception and accepted me into the School of Design. I fell on the floor in shock!

5)  Finally...the moment you all have been waiting for has arrived...my last revelation. Are you ready? Are you sure you are ready? Okay...I'm ready also. My favorite color is green...not just any green...apple green! ALL of my life...green has been my favorite color. I love green vegetables...green apples...green sweaters...green grass...everything green! I LOVE GREEN! (My house is even green.)

Well...Lisa and Martin...I hope you are pleased. I've revealed five things that you did not know about me. I fulfilled my contractual obligation, and I will wait for the check to arrive in the mail. OH YEAH...no check, huh? ::GIGGLING:: That was too much fun.

NOW...I must choose three unsuspecting people to whom I shall pass the ‘meme' baton. Eeenie meeenie miney moe...I choose:

Julie Neerings   -- Julie is the sweetest and most gentle person I've ever known.

Courtney Cooper  -- I only recently met Courtney, but she is compassionate and generous.

Gary McNinch -- A fellow KW agent...Gary is someone I admire greatly.

Okay guys...it's on you now. Open the door and show us what's hidden in the back of your closet!

Written and Posted by:

Elizabeth Nieves - Broker, REALTOR® -- The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group @ Keller Williams (A Bilingual Real Estate Team serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill NC and surrounding areas.)

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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Grace:  You know...the funny thing...is that I could not make this stuff up!! My life has just been a huge adventure. I think a book is in my near future. :-)

Thank you so much for opening your heart to Melissa. I am so proud of everyone here who reached out with arms of love. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Elaine:  Thanks, my friend! There are two things I tell my husband that makes him smile...that I'm a delicate flower...and that I'm spoiled. To both...he says..."Uh huh...that is your excuse?" But, he loves it! He knows he has me wrapped around his finger...and he loves it!

P.S. I've got him pretty wrapped up, too!

Courtney:  I'm gonna go read yours as soon as I finish here. I did not realize that you had been hit already. Sorry, my friend. I know you've got something else in the closet!

Inna:  You know...I've always been that kind of person. It used to make my mother nuts. She has often told me that I got THIS from my dad...not from her. She's right. I'm a free spirit like my father.

And...btw...our little Lisa must be a busy girl today. She has not even read my meme...and I did it for HER! :-) I want to make sure she approves.

Dec 23, 2007 08:07 AM #13
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Julie:  You bet you see your name! I want you to go way deep into your closet and show us the stuff that has been hiding back there for years!! Heehee. You are such a sweetie! I can't wait to read your meme.

Tell Jordan that I'll plan something special for us when we meet...to celebrate our love for green things. I have a cool idea. That color inspires me. Did you ask the boys about the festival next year? I was talking to some other kids at church, and they want to go also. It will be so much fun!!

You know what? I never thought about the uniform thingy before. I'll have to think about that. (Or maybe I should not think too much about it! Diego does not have any uniforms.) Yes...moving on.

Merry Christmas Julie! Tell your family hello for me! (There's still room for 5 more down here!!) :-)

Gary: I did not think you had been meme'd. I know you have a lot going on with Christmas, but I want to know more about you. I'm looking forward to reading your meme. Give Jessie a hug for me!! Merry Christmas!!!

Adam:  I wish I had a picture of it also! Let me tell you...he did not make fun of me, but I could tell that he was a little surprised. I'm sure it was the ONLY time that had ever happened. Hey...I still go in! AND...I was later elected as my freshmen class president. Funny how things happen. It is just proof that you should always follow your heart...even when the whole world thinks you are a fool. :-) Merry Christmas, my friend! GBU!!

Missy:  You call it tenaciusness...my mom calls it stubbornness! Well...that is what she said when I was little. Now...she just sits back and laughs heartily when she sees me tackle the world. Merry Christmas!!

Sarah:  I'm glad you enjoyed. The work is fun, but the pay is lousy!! Merry Christmas, beautiful!!

Dec 23, 2007 08:18 AM #14
Armando Rodriguez
Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI

Wow, is there anything else we need to know LOL :-)!!!! Love your post, keep'em coming!


Dec 23, 2007 11:19 AM #15
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

My dear Elizabeth!!

You could never know how close to my heart you have landed!! LOL I can say that I am certain that we were destined to become friends and who would have thought that AR would be the start to that friendship? Even though my favorite color is forest green, we have so much in common. It's kinda weird, actually. You sure we aren't related somewhere along the line?  

We all know that you are a talented lady, as evidenced by your great writing skills and your flawless posts. I admire your tenacity for sticking to your dreams in life. May God continue to bless you!!!

Dec 23, 2007 12:01 PM #16
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Elizabeth...that was a delightful read and definately showed several sides of Elizabeth!

I know you did decorating but do you still practice your art in any form?

snowflakeMerry Christmas

Dec 23, 2007 01:08 PM #17
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Armando:  THANKS! I've still got 'stuff'!! Merry Christmas!!!

Andrew:  I am also certain that we were destined to become friends. There was an immediate connection...one that grows with time. I respect and admire you so much! I'm truly looking forward to knowing you more. Merry Christmas! May you and your family experience mind-blowing blessing this Christmas and always!

Joan:  Thank you! As a matter of fact, I still 'play' with it...nothing professional. I do charcoal portraits for friends and family. I also do a lot of other paintings...when inspiration hits me. Merry Christmas to you also!!!

Dec 24, 2007 12:14 AM #18
Boston, MA


When I first started reading... I was wondering if I would have to cover my eyes!  Then I realized... oh my... I am going to have to cover my eyes.... GREEN!!!  I was floored!!!  I couldn't believe I was reading THAT... GREEN!!!!

Actually, this is a great post.  It really revealed the emotional side of you and the side that won't give up..... from missing your husband to taking on the Dean.  Job well done.

Now I have to go poke out my minds eye.... GREEN!!! Glad my kids didn't see that!

(the word that I have to type in to make this comment live..... 'kiwifruit'... more greeen!!!)

Dec 24, 2007 12:34 AM #19
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578
I always loved Anut Bee.  The reruns are still on TV today.  Merry Christmas!
Dec 24, 2007 01:03 AM #20
Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - Lisa would be here but she climbed up a stepladder to hang up her stocking and is too afraid to get back down.  I'm going to help her now, but with all the extra time I'll spend pointing and laughing, I wouldn't wait up.  I'm sure she will love this meme.

And I LOVE GREEN!  Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2007 03:29 AM #21
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Elizabeth, my friend....after much pointing, laughing and having fun at my expense, Elaine helped me down from the stepladder and I'm here :) 

This is a wonderful meme...open, honest, fun, compassionate...it's you rolled into 5 little items.  I think the thing that sticks with me most is your love for your husband and your family - that you were able to find the perfect one, out of all of the men in this great, big world, THE ONE that makes you melt.  What more could you ask for than to love and be loved? 

I hope that you have the merriest Christmas ever and that you gather all of your little ones close...hug them, squeeze them and send them off to bed with visions of sugarplums.  Love to you and yours!

Dec 24, 2007 05:22 AM #22
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

MARTIN:  That is what you get for making fun of my GREEN!! MORE GREEN! Thanks for stopping by and reading. I hope that...right now at this moment...you are enjoying your family. My wish for snow is not looking to hopeful right now. You tried!! Blessings!

DONALD:  She was really sweet when I met her. Merry Christmas!

ELAINE: It is Christmas...you're supposed to be nice...even to Lisa. I see she did get down. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

LISA:  I'm glad it meets with your approval. I tried to make it special for you, my friend. I wanted to surprise you, but then you went up the ladder and couldn't get back down. I thought I was going to have to send the firemen after you.

You know...all joking aside...you nailed the real issue. My man is so incredible. I'm sitting here now with him. He is watching a movie...and our legs are intertwined. We are just so touchy feelie...even after all these years. Ain't love grand? I have everything I could ever wish for.

Have a wonderful, splendifirous Christmas!!!

Dec 24, 2007 06:30 PM #23
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

My daughter & I love the Andy Griffith Show!  Aunt Bea should be an idol!


Dec 26, 2007 07:08 AM #24
Marc Grossman
Marc It Sold! - Longwood, FL
GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
Elizabeth,  Excellent MeMe.  Glad Lisa & Martin tagged you. 
Dec 26, 2007 11:49 AM #25
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Celebrity appearances in your meme, Elizabeth?  That's impressive.  Steve Guttenberg offered to make a cameo in mine, but I told him thanks, but no thanks.  Thanks for sharing more about yourself, and best of luck in 2008.  After reading your stuff for the last couple of months, I find it difficult to summon the image of the take-no-prisoner reputation you have forged in your business.  That speaks to your ability, as your written persona reflects nothing but caring and compassionate. 
Dec 26, 2007 12:10 PM #26
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Chris:  I must confess...I STILL love it also!! :-)

Marc:  I'm glad you enjoyed it. ME TOO!!

Paul:  When I write...I write from my soul. I'm glad that comes through. Best of luck to you also for an amazing 2008!

Dec 26, 2007 01:20 PM #27
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Elizabeth, What a fun meme. Your School of design story is soooo wonderful. I can see that in a movie, (you would be played of course by Julia Roberts)... whipping out those grammar school drawings, now that took determination girl. I so admire your tenacity.




Dec 26, 2007 02:48 PM #28
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ
You are just a treat to read, follow and get to know! I so enjoyed learning five more things about you. Each post just makes me just adore you more and more! You are truly a wonderful person, your family, clients and friends are so lucky to have you in their world! I know I am so grateful to have made your acquaintance and look forward to our paths crossing in real life! Great meme, but then again I am expecting nothing less than entertaining as always!
Dec 26, 2007 07:40 PM #29
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge


Your posts evoke the highest of emotions! What a gift you have in your writing.  I wish you and your family the best during the holidays and the new year.

Dec 27, 2007 11:02 AM #30
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR

Elizabeth: The more I read about you, the more I just feel like I can't wait to meet you! You really are everything that I have imagined about you, an activist, a writer, a scrapper ;-) and a wonderful woman of god. I really do look forward to having the opportunity to share how much we have in common, you really have no idea. God Bless You Dear Sister!

PS> "Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see god" and "unmerited favor". I'll explain when we speak!

Dec 27, 2007 11:16 AM #31
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

GINGER:  Looking back...I can't believe I did it. Then, it just seemed like the right thing. It was!! (Hmmm...Julia Roberts? She does have spunk!!!) Luv ya!!

CANDACE:  You are tooooooo sweet! You make me want to fly out to Arizona and hug you right now! Thank you for everything!

TRACY:  Thank you, my friend! I hope you and your family enjoy this season of loving and giving also. Be blessed!!

ALECIA:  I can't wait to meet you, either. From the first post I read of yours...I KNEW we were spiritual sisters. There was just a strong connection. I KNOW you get me. :-)  'Unmerited favor'...I'll be looking forward to that!! Luv ya!!

Dec 28, 2007 02:14 AM #32
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