Give her an inch and she'll take the tub...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas

Yes she will. I was thinking about this today.

One of the first little houses we sold for an elderly gentlemen was just empty. Now, when I say empty, I mean it was lucky to have walls.

He was a big hearted gentleman that just could no longer take care of his home. He was moving in with one of  his daughters in the last days of his life. He knew that life on this earth was short but he wanted to sell the home and realize enough money to leave to his children.

As he was moving, to the extent that he could, he hired a maid.He hired her to clean everything he just couldn't get to. He boxed the few mementos he planned to carry with him and left the rest for the maid to take with her or distribute.

As he was leaving the maid to work on his home he told her, "I am leaving everything here behind. Please feel free to take home what you feel you can use and throw away the rest."

Boy did she take that seriously! When we walked into the little house there were no words to be spoken. The shock was severe.

She left nothing. I mean nothing. She took the sink, the light fixtures, the towel racks, the air conditioning units, the ceiling fans the appliances and whatever was not nailed down. She took some things that WERE nailed down.

We watched as his heart sank. We watched him search every corner with his eyes and watched them cloud up. We would have offered him a chair but...well, you know.

The gentleman cleared his throat, began to nod his head and slowly but surely a smile was crossing his face. "She must have needed that, he said with a lilt in his voice. How much you think we can get for this place?"

He saw no reason to discuss what happened as he had given her permission to take what she wanted.

We did sell the house but it was after his passing. When I think of generosity I think of this elderly gentleman looking pleased that the maid got what she wanted.

All we take with us is our knowledge and love.

 

 

 

and Proud of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrylynn Fisher
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The true spirit of giving even if unintentional.  He must have been at peace with it or wouldn't have given so freely.  God Bless his spirit. 
Apr 18, 2008 06:04 PM #17
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Melissa Grant
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What a wonderful lesson ! Thank you so much for sharing this ! A truly heart wrenching story ~
Apr 18, 2008 11:08 PM #18
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Sharon Tara
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I can't believe she had the nerve to take advantage of the elderly like that.  He is right though she must have needed that stuff bad.  What dignity he died with.  I applaud you for honoring his memory this way.  What a sweet man!
Apr 19, 2008 02:55 AM #19
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Kym Hough
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How hard it must have been for you not to hunt down this maid and ...well you know. Something about people mellowing with age or do you think he was always this dear. Lovely story thank you. Kym
Apr 19, 2008 07:00 AM #21
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Kathy McGraw
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I too enjoyed this story, and I too am appaled at the Maid's actions!  Nothing else to say really, as he inadvertently "gave her permission" as he stated.  What a work of art she is :(
Apr 19, 2008 05:03 PM #22
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Liz Carter
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Hi Deb, this was so sweet, sad, and funny, I ready your other one about the inspection too...you write so well.  Can I hire you to teach me how to do all that fancy stuff you did not your winning historical town post? :)  That was outstanding and congratulation on your win, you deserved it.

I'm got the post done, so you better get on over there with your ideas, Good Golly Miss Molly...is getting married in the rain...Active Rain that is , you are a TWP, you know.

Did you have to put the picture with the toothpick hanging outa my mouth?  I know you were paying me back...but I warned you.  By the way, Rhett says hi and to give you a big kiss, Love Ya, L

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell Scott I really enjoyed meeting him too, yall make a nice couple.

Apr 19, 2008 09:50 PM #23
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Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Hi Gary, It's a wonder the lady could sleep at night.

TerryLynn, I could learn from him!

Melissa, it sure helps put things in perspective.

Sharon, amazingly sweet and obviously giving. Thanks for coming by!

Kym, you don't want to know how tempting it was.

Kathy, she will get hers...

Liz, How's Rhett? BLOW him a kiss for me. "BLOW" is of course the key word here!!! He's a cutey. I will try to share about the slide show. I'm working on it!

Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 21, 2008 10:24 AM #25
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Lisa Hill
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That took a lot of nerve on that cleaning woman's part! Talk about tacky! If someone told me to take whatever I wanted, those things wouldn't have even occurred to me. It's too bad she couldn't have obtained some class!
Apr 21, 2008 03:39 PM #26
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Deb - I hope to have that kind of grace when I get older.  Heck, I hope to have it now.  Great post, my friend.  I am including this one in the Family Ties recap tonight.
Apr 21, 2008 04:02 PM #27
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Some people just take the cake.... and the cabinets and the... well, never mind. LOL  He probably figured she needed the things more than he did.  He definitely had a forgiving, generous heart. 
Apr 21, 2008 05:35 PM #28
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Kate Elim
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Hi Deb...This man's glass was always full.  What happiness he created for himself.  It is an art I hope to achieve.

Thank you for sharing such a touching story.

Kathleen

Apr 21, 2008 06:32 PM #29
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Liz Carter
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Hi Deb, congratulations on Jason picking your post, well deserved!  Thought I would put the good picture of you on here too :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could not remember if I had sent this to you for Scott yet or not, sorry if you got it twice.  L

Apr 21, 2008 07:24 PM #30
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Sharon Paxson
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This is a sad story. I cannot believe the maid took "everything". Sad for the gentleman - and he definitely sounded like a gentle man.
Apr 24, 2008 03:31 AM #31
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Deb Brooks
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Hey Liz, I really can identify with the cartoon. Scott gave up on me coming to bed at a reasonable hour. Thanks for the laugh! I liked it!

Sharon, this was sad but sweet too. I can only imagine that the maid was in need anyway and he ended up feeling good about the whole thing.

Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 24, 2008 12:01 PM #32
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Latonia Parks
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Very nice story and I am pleased he had a sense of humor.
Apr 24, 2008 01:38 PM #33
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Wow...that just goes to show that our words sure can get twisted out of context to suit their wants.
Apr 25, 2008 04:41 AM #34
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Deb Brooks
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Latonia, I'm glad he did too. He just felt it wasn't worth the effort to rebuke. He was able to smile about it.

Sally, I think she stretched it way out of proportion! She simply took what she wanted...and probably gave the rest away! I'm glad you two stopped by!

Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 25, 2008 05:23 AM #35
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Julie Kippen
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I was surprised how the story ended. I thought the man would be concerned about the monetary loss for hsi children since he was leaving it to his children. I am glad it turned out well and that he and his children were okay with it and very generous to let it go.
May 14, 2008 03:20 AM #36
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Deb Brooks
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Julie, I was surprised too. His very adult kids were pretty set on their own. I think if he actually had needed it for them he would have reacted somewhat differently. Thank you for commenting.

Later in the rain~Deb

May 14, 2008 04:47 AM #37
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Debra:  This is a man that didn't need to dwell on the negative and unpleasant.  He didn't deserve this type of treatment by the cleaning lady.  I sincerely doubt that she needed any of that, but took advantage and cashed in.  Very sad.

May 14, 2008 05:16 AM #38
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