Pavlov's Frog...or is it a Dog?

Real Estate Agent SL3270841

Growing up in rural coastal Maine, a spring ritual was to go up into the "back field" as apposed to the "front field", which was on the Blue Hill Bay, to look for frog eggs.  After forcing our way through the alder growth to our winter skating rink, which was now open water,  we could find little balls of a gelatin substance with black spots.  Frog eggs!  And we knew that frog eggs eventually turned into "Polywogs" that eventually lost their tails and turned into real frogs!  As was the ritual, we scooped up some pond water with the jelly mass and took it home.  We placed the eggs into a pan of pond water so that we could watch the process of evolution from eggs to frogs.  However, our real purpose in this endeavor was to "tame" a real live frog.  Hence, the problem.  The eggs hatched.  The polywogs lost their tails.  And the frogs hopped out of the pan and were gone!

One year, my Uncle Pete , who knew a lot about such important matters, was visiting during "poywog season".  In fact, he taught me how to tame a baby crow to come to my call, but that is another story.  I told him the dilemma I was having because of not being able to tame a frog.  He explained to me that if I put a clear plastic or glass plate over the pan,  the frog would bang his head on it when he tried to jump out of the pan.  After several days of bumping against this ceiling, the frog would only jump high enough to not hit his head.  Then I would be able to remove the cover and have a pet frog that would not escape!

It took me a few years to understand the dynamics of this lesson.  I am much like my pet frog "Ribbit".  After I try something several times with negative results, I want to give up!  Yet, how many times have I read and heard about individuals who have persevered against incredible odds only to emerge triumphant?  In my new real estate career on Hutchinson Island, Fl, I will not be confined to my "pan with a lid" thinking!  I have a lot of clients with diverse objectives, unique situations, and underlying pressures that affect their needs. I'm trying to not let past results put a lid on present situations. Hutchinson Island has something to offer everyone and  I believe that here we can leap out of the pan regardless of how many times we have bumped our heads in the past!

If this the first time that you have read our blog, my wife, Pam, and I come from a long line of entrepreneurial enterprises.  At twenty-three I was the sales manger of a radio and television station.  That experience led to a partnership in an advertising agency.  During hard times, that led to "working for shares" in some of our client's companies;  And that led to our own start ups:  Fresh Maine Wild Blueberries, Insect repellents, leather care products, predator urines, hunting scents and lures, even bird seed!.. and our last business, Maine Grilling Woods.  Now, we are unencumbered on Hutchinson Island in the real estate business and we look forward to the challenge of making square pegs fit into round holes!  Give us a call!

Comments (2)

Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I was afraid you might have been trying to raise frogs for dinner.  My daughter is a herpetologist we are always looking for frogs and other slimy creatures .

Oct 10, 2013 11:14 AM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

You have HOPPED on this band wagon called AR and blogging and you will soon be JUMPING for joy.  Just hang in there and don't bang your head against the ceiling too much. 

Oct 10, 2013 11:19 AM