MY LIFE WAS CHANGED 45 YEARS AGO TODAY

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MY LIFE WAS CHANGED 45 YEARS AGO TODAY.

Almost 46 years ago as a young man, I moved to California to teach. It took me one week to find a young lady who stole my heart.

As I was moving to California, my brother and his wife were expecting a baby, so I called daily for an update. I did not have my phone installed, so I had to use a pay phone. At the end of the week I found out that I was an uncle. On the same day my phone was installed. I asked the installer where I could go to celebrate becoming an uncle. He told me a couple of nightclubs in town.

I decided to go to one called, The Yum Yum Room.

It had a live band and a lot of people. I stood along the wall looking the crowd over and I spotted a young lady that took my eye. I watched her for hours as she sat with a guy and another couple. From time to time a guy would approach her and ask for a dance and she turned everyone down.

I was not the kind of person that liked to try something that appeared it had a low chance of success. But, I was attracted to this young lady. Finally, I walked over and asked her to dance. She smiled and said yes. I was floored. She said yes!!.

Later, Maurine, told me she had seen me come in and was attracted to me. That was the start of a wonderful journey with a wonderful woman.

Maurine has been the greatest supporter of my efforts to help others as I serve them. She knows that my hours can be unpredictable and she does not worry what I am doing, she knows I am working.

Maurine is my sounding board for ideas I come up with to improve my business. She helps me think it through.

When I have a struggle, Maurine is there with encouragement, and support.

My life was changed 45 years ago today, because I met a wonderful woman who said YES. Yes, I will dance with you and Yes, I will marry you. 

I am so glad and thankful, I moved to California.

I thank the phone installer for sending me to the right place.

All these events tell me that our marriage was meant to be.

Now if you will excuse me, I am off to celebrate with the woman who changed my life 45 years ago today.

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Rainer
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Great story John.  Paula and I will celebrate 46 years in November.

May 30, 2014 08:33 PM #9
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning John. What a wonderful love story and you shared it so beautifully. We will be sharing 44 years of marriage 6/7. Aren't we fortunate!

Make it a great weekend!

May 30, 2014 09:03 PM #10
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Conrad, thanks. And congratulations to you and Paula. Long marriages are special.

May 30, 2014 09:15 PM #11
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Joe, thanks. It is a wonderful weekend, spending it at the beach, our favorite. Congratulations to you and your wife. Hope you get to celebrate with something special.

May 30, 2014 09:19 PM #12
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Congrats John and Maurine.  Great story.  Did you ask her to marry you that night, or did you wait a little?  

May 30, 2014 10:10 PM #13
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Gabe, it took me 6 months to propose. I don't know why it took me so long.

May 30, 2014 10:14 PM #14
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Congratulations John....you both stepped outside your comfort zones....and what a wonderful chance that was for you both to take !

May 31, 2014 08:51 PM #15
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Sally & David, thanks so much for your comments. I totally agree that stepping out of our comfort zone was well rewarded.

Thanks

May 31, 2014 08:56 PM #16
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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John, That is so sweet. To have a life partner like that is a blessing form heaven.

Jun 01, 2014 08:06 AM #17
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debbie, thanks for your wonderful comments. I indeed am blessed from heaven.

Jun 01, 2014 10:36 AM #18
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations to both of you. Thanks for sharing the beautiful story.

Jun 01, 2014 08:08 PM #19
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Gita, your comments are much appreciated.

Make it a wonderful week.

Jun 01, 2014 09:23 PM #20
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - that is a wonderful story and thank you for sharing it with us.  Happy Anniversary to you and your Maurine.

Jun 02, 2014 05:23 AM #21
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Grant, thanks for commenting. I like to share positive things, we all need more of that.

Jun 02, 2014 05:25 AM #22
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Wow, that one venue suggestion altered the trajectory of your entire life. Wow!

Jun 02, 2014 11:40 AM #23
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Cheryl, thanks for commenting. You are so right. A telephone installer never knew what his simple answer did to the world.

Jun 02, 2014 11:45 AM #24
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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi John, both of you are fall in love at first sight, thanks for sharing this wonderful story. Congratulations!

Jun 04, 2014 05:03 AM #25
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kwee, it was an amazing meeting we had and it has been an amazing life together.

Thanks

Jun 04, 2014 10:14 AM #26
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

John: What a heartwarming story and a true testament that fate and love prevail! Congrats to both you and Maureen.

Jun 06, 2014 09:23 PM #27
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Anita, I really appreciate your comments. We have been Blessed.

Jun 06, 2014 09:46 PM #28
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