The Longest Hour

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

So yesterday, we were waiting for word on an offer. And waiting. And waiting some more. And I started thinking about waiting, and I remembered the worst wait of all.


No! Wait an hour!"You can't go in the water for an hour after you eat or you'll get stomach cramps and drown!"


This was an iron-clad rule, never to be violated. And it was universal - when I was growing up, no parent ever let their kids anywhere near the water until that hour was up. And it scared the crap out of us kids - we had no idea what stomach cramps were, but they sure sounded serious if they were enough to drown you. I think we all would have rather faced sharks than the dreaded stomach cramps.


So there we were, sitting miserably on the grass, waiting. And whatever we were allowed to do while we were waiting, it was totally lame compared to the fun our friends were having in the pool. That hour, faced regularly every summer, seemed like it would never end.


And, of course, it's totally bogus. It makes no sense - how often have you ever gotten stomach cramps from eating? And even then, how bad would they have to be to cause you to drown? rates it as a false old wives tale, and points out that there has never been a case of someone drowning for violating this rule.


Yet I have no doubt that many, if not most, of us who suffered through those long summer hours carried on the tradition by inflicting the same rule and warning on our kids. I suspect that it has been so firmly established that, were you to visit any pool around lunch time, there would be the same galleries of miserable children sitting around, waiting out that longest hour.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Often the verbal offers come way way later. Those who said they will did not keep their word

Happy waiting

Sam Shueh

Jul 26, 2015 12:25 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Oh yes I so remember this hard n fast 'rule'. All the kids were playing in the lake or hanging out on the raft and we had to wait on the dock. It sucked!  Only to learn it's all bogus!!

Jul 26, 2015 12:35 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick - a very clever way of tying together the waiting game of life in real estate with that old waiting an hour before getting back in the water.  

I hope the wait yesterday was worth it.   

Jul 26, 2015 12:37 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Dick Greenberg,

Love this post..great way to equate the waiting game. I have gotten better about this game because agents mean well when they say the offer is coming in but sometimes you could be waiting for hours or even a day (not smart in our market)! I carry on with what I have going on checking periodically to see if the offer has really been submitted!

Jul 26, 2015 12:47 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes from LOL Dick.  This is excellent.....and such a vivid memory for all of us.  Thank you for putting and end to the Mary can swim right after eating her birthday lunch you prepare for her!

Jul 26, 2015 01:02 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dick, yup that was always the rule, never believe in it but those that makes the rule, you have to follow.

Jul 26, 2015 01:08 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Luckily,  my parents did not know that could happen...  I hope you heard back and the new was good?  Inquiring minds want to know.  A

Jul 26, 2015 01:18 AM #9
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Dick, waiting on an offer just as miserable as waiting for an hour to get in the pool after eating for sure..hope the wait ended with some celebration!

Jul 26, 2015 01:33 AM #10
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Ha!  You bought into that one????  I was a rebel from early on in life so you can imagine how this went in one ear and out the other.  I have been known to take a bite of something and jump in the water while still chewing.......  


Jul 26, 2015 02:08 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dick- oh how vivid those memories are, and yes if scared us to death! Wait the full time and not a minute shorter. Have a great day!

Jul 26, 2015 03:46 AM #12
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Funny how EVERYONE thought this to be true. Think about all those wasted hours on the sidelines we all had! 

Jul 26, 2015 04:38 AM #13
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dick, No pool in my backyard but could use one today.  And I've got the waiting thing going on, no response from the listing agent on our counter since Friday morning.  He'd said something about taking the weekend off, and apparently he wasn't kidding.  And he's the broker, so no complaining up the chain!  Bill

Jul 26, 2015 05:28 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh I remember. And I remember doing the same to my kids.  That "dreaded hour" has caused many a tearful tot!

Jul 26, 2015 08:37 AM #15
Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
Looking out for the client's interest and not my p

In the summer of 66 I was in boot camp at San Diego Naval Station. I had a big ol slice of cantelope only to find out that we would be doing our swim test right after breakfast. While doing the test I had to burp the cantelope and I almost flunked my swim test...memories!

Jul 26, 2015 09:17 AM #16
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Usually it is as long as it takes me to clean up and be ready to go in or go by the pool so she can go in. Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was a little too busy

Jul 26, 2015 10:15 AM #20
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

At least you could go into the pool after an hour.

So many times that promised offer never arrives.

Jul 26, 2015 11:02 AM #37
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In my day and area, it was the fear of a kid throwing up in a pool if they went in too soon after eating. 

Jul 26, 2015 11:07 AM #38
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dick. This is too funny and brought back so many memories.

Jul 26, 2015 11:09 PM #39
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Dick - I remember that we were told we had to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before we could go into the water.

I hope that your waiting game on the offer has ended, and you were pleased with the result.

Jul 27, 2015 04:22 AM #40
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I chuckled reading this because my mother didn't know how to swim and was terrified at the throught. I never inflicted this pain on my kids. As a matter of fact, the swam on the swim team in high school and practice began right after lunch.

Jul 28, 2015 08:13 AM #41
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