What I Am Thankful For - Day One - Ginkgo Leaves

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I drive my husband up to Gettysburg College where he takes a class on Civil War history.  This is the third or fourth year that he has been taking classes at Gettysburg from the same professor, Allen Guelzo, a published and recognized historian in Civil War Studies.  

Ginkgos in the fallIt makes my husband happy to continue learning about an area of study that he really enjoys and I enjoy having the three hours twice a week in the car with him to talk and listen to music. I pick him up around noon and we head north to the hills of Pennsylvania.   We have lunch in Gettysburg and then he goes to his class for an hour and a half and I work during that time.  Then we drive the hour and a half back to Bethesda. Now with the change in daylight savings, we watch the sun set over the Pennsylvania and Maryland farm land.  It is a beautiful scene with the changing season.

With a busy schedule as a Realtor, it is nice to have this time blocked to spend with him.  After all,  most of us work on the weekends, so two afternoons in the week are a welcome break. 

Yesterday I was talking to a client in Hawaii about the offer she was making on a new home in Maryland.  Since the weather was so warm I took the opportunity to walk around Gettysburg College as I explained the home inspection contingency.  Taking a pause to collect my thoughts, I looked down at my feet and saw these glorious ginkgo leaves.

To me they looked like flattened carnation flowers thrown at my feet.   To me these are the prettiest of the fall leaves - and to be walking through them on a glorious fall day seemed a blessing beyond expectation.  

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be a Realtor, providing for my family, and yet blessed with glorious moments like fallen ginkgo leaves on a sidewalk in Gettysburg. 



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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Lise

Well I had no idea where you were going with this but I enjoyed reading it. How wonderful to have that special time on a regular basis. Glad you took a few moments to enjoy nature and reflect on the beauty.


Nov 16, 2016 12:36 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Lise - the Ginko trees are prevalent in the Philadelphia area and they are really beautiful.

Nov 16, 2016 12:37 AM #2
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
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I have never seen one of those trees. But the leaves sure are beautiful! 

Nov 16, 2016 12:46 AM #3
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
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Thank you for sharing.  The tree was unknown to me until I read your post.  The leaves are beautiful.

Nov 16, 2016 12:52 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Those are the coolest leaves.  We don't have those here in the Mile High City.  It is great to be thankful for the simple things in life.

Nov 16, 2016 01:09 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Lise Howe - I never heard of a ginkgo tree. But I enjoyed reading about your story and spending time with your husband.  You are so right about being a Realtor®. We are very blessed.

Nov 16, 2016 04:21 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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They do look like flower petals. Your time together sounds very special and glad you make it happen. 

Nov 16, 2016 12:10 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Lise.  I've been to Gettysburg.  I liked the restaurant  (can't remember the name) that served a seafood buffet.  I told my wife the other day we need to take another trip there just to go to that restaurant.  It was an old barn back in the day.

Nov 16, 2016 07:15 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for sharing your experience. Be sure to do some shopping at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. We were there on Sunday.

Nov 17, 2016 10:20 PM #9
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