I played hooky today...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crye*Leike Brock Real Estate

Well, I didn't completely skip work.  I worked from home with laptop and cell phone and actually made it to the office for a few hours late in the day.  But this morning we had snow.  I know, I know... you northerners don't see what the big deal is.  You think it's ridiculous that our schools shut down and everyone raids all the milk, bread, & eggs at the local grocery when we see a couple of flakes.  Maybe it is ridiculous.  But we don't usually get more than one or two snows a year... and you should see the looks on my childrens' faces when we do.  It's like Christmas to them. 

Someday when I'm laying on my deathbed, I won't wish that I spent more hours at the office.  But I'll treasure the memories of being with those I love.  There are a lot of real estate agents out there... but my children have only one daddy.  Yes, I'm a hard worker.  Yes, I often have to sacrifice time that should belong to them just so I can put a deal together and get paid in order to provide for my family.  But sometimes they need to know that they are the priority.  Work is important... very important.  But it's not all important.  I don't trust a man who thinks otherwise.

Today I played in the snow with my kids.  We rode our 4-wheelers.  We made snow ice cream.  I cooked a big breakfast with eggs, biscuits, & gravy.  And the real estate world survived for a few hours without me. 


C. Boyd Anderson
Crye*Leike Brock Real Estate
Principal Broker
(501) 206-8845 cell
(501) 362-5868 office

Comments (71)

Larry DeGroat
Realty Professionals, Inc. - Searcy, AR
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy
Boyd, good job!  The kids will remember that time you spent with them more than working hard and buying them things.
Feb 08, 2008 12:13 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

What a beautiful setting for your home!  I'd be tempted by the hookie bug on a pretty, warm day!  And real estate would survive!


Feb 08, 2008 12:30 AM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
In Hawaii we play hooky when the weather is perfect.  Surfs up, let's go to the beach.
Feb 08, 2008 01:25 AM
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois
As a Colorado girl now living in Illinios, I love the snow. . .glad you took the time to enjoy it with your kids. . . those memories are priceless.
Feb 08, 2008 01:43 AM
Slacker.  A Jedi does not have need of attachments.  You should have been at work on the phones. 
Feb 08, 2008 01:56 AM
Tina Goddard
CENTURY 21 The Moore Group - Orangeburg, SC
I lived in New England for 30 years before moving to SC-and I KNOW WHAT SNOW IS!!!!  But I have the same reaction you did when we get a few flakes here....enjoy the moment. 
Feb 08, 2008 02:02 AM
Ann Cordes
Snow? What's snow? We see it so seldom here in Waco Texas, we hardly know what it is. We get thew least little ice and snow and everything shuts down!
Feb 08, 2008 02:21 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
Good for you! When we hear snow there's a run on bread and milk and everything shuts down. Love the photo and your priorities!
Feb 08, 2008 02:28 AM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Boyd - you're a smart man. No point in being at work wishing you were at home, or being at home and wishing you were at work. If you take time when you can to spend with your family, they'll understand the other times that you need to be with clients. Have fun, and REALLY be there with them.
Feb 08, 2008 02:46 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
We will send you snow free of charge. Address please. Have a great time..And they look happy too.
Feb 08, 2008 03:15 AM
Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate


Glad to hear that you have your priorities straight.  Enjoy the snow.

Feb 08, 2008 05:04 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Yes Boyd. There is a life outside of real estate! We all need to look at it that way. Thanks for sharing.
Feb 08, 2008 07:48 AM
Beth Anderson
Goedert Real Estate - Tecumseh, MI
Realtor - Tecumseh / Lenawee County
As a Michiganian who has seen way too much ice and snow in her life, I can still relate to the occasional moment when I just sit back and feel awe at the beauty.  I remember the sledding and snowman making that was a constant in my youth and right now the trees are all covered with a layer of white on every branch and it is a picture postcard.  I hate to drive in snow and ice, I hate the heat bills, I hate scrapping off the car and feeling cold, but when I can curl up at home and I don't have to go anywhere, I can make a cup of tea and enjoy the feeling of being safe and sound at home surrounded by a winter wonderland.
Feb 08, 2008 10:15 AM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES
Today I played in the snow with my kids.  We rode our 4-wheelers.  We made snow ice cream.  I cooked a big breakfast with eggs, biscuits, & gravy.  That sounds like a great day to me. Too many parents spend less time with their children today. Even though I am not a parent yet,I enjoyed reading this post.  Besides,you only missed one day. I am sure you are not going to play hooky tomorrow? You are going to the office tomorrow aren't you? LOL. I am joking of course. Great post.
Feb 08, 2008 11:02 AM
Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com
770.498.7333 - Atlanta, GA
Learn to leverage technology to get more done.
Amen, and a big pat on the back to you for creating memories your children will treasure. (We go bananas in Georgia at the first hint of snow too).
Feb 08, 2008 01:44 PM
Amie Adams


What a wonderful time to have with your kids! They deserved it! So glad you guys had a wonderful time! You're right, there are lots of realators out there, but the kids only have ONE daddy and Shannon only has ONE husband! So glad you took full advantage of this time with your kids... made me tear up reading all that... I know that I am the soft hearted type, sentimental and all, but really, it was just the 8.5 months of being pregnant kicking in!!!! Ha ha... I am sure I fooled you about as well as I fooled myself!!!! Have a great day, you're the BEST realator in Cleburne County, and don't you forget it!!!!

Feb 15, 2008 09:26 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

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Apr 07, 2008 01:21 AM
David Miller
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Spring Hill, TN
Crye-Leike Realtors
Good stuff.  I hope we never think work is the most important thing in life.  Money is way more important than work!! jk good post
Apr 18, 2008 07:34 AM
Matt Odell
GVC Mortgage-Carmel - Carmel, IN
Home Mortgage Specialist with GVC Mortgage-Carmel
I played hooky too...  Sometimes you just have to.
Apr 18, 2008 07:35 AM

Be efficient with your time by working smart so you can maximize time enjoying life

When your body leaves this world your family will not forget you, but your job will

Great photo thanks for sharing

May 13, 2008 03:07 AM