Thankful That I Paid Attention and Learned

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

We don't all have the opportunity to learn from our parents or those close to us when young, for a number of reasons.  That was not the case with my brother and I as we were always with one of our parents, since day care was not as common back then.

Thankful That I Paid Attention and Learned

Our father was raised in a culture similar to living on  farm where one had to know how to build or repair what ever was broken. When ever something needed to be done around the house he did the work, whether it was carpentry, electrical or plumbing he did the job.  As a way of making a few extra dollars, he would take small handyman jobs and as we needed to be with someone at all times, we would be there as well.  We were required to clean up and make sure all the tools were gathered before we left.

With little else to do, it became a game to watch what Dad did and learn.  Along the way, I learnd how to use all the carpentry tools, make electrical circuits, replace fixtures lights, frame, hang sheetrock ad so many other things as well.

Over the years I have built 2 homes for myself, helped friends with their little jobs, ad maintaind my own homes.  I also can spot some issues within homes my clients are looking  buy, and offer suggestions that enable them to make smarter decisions when they go forward.

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Thankful That I Paid Attention and Learned


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Ed - I had a similar relationship with my father.  We fixed and build so many things and I learned from him.

Nov 18, 2016 12:58 PM #1
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - I love this story about your background. You had great parents and they taught you well, including the value of hard work and learning how to problem solve. I would have loved to have lived your life. You truly do have a lot to be thankful for!

Nov 18, 2016 09:26 PM #2
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
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Hi Ed, just dropped in after posting a blog, it's been a long time, hope all is well.

As for your post, I can take apart almost anything... but putting it back together is another story.  Better get the Yellow Pages out, oh forgot you can use the Internet now to find just about anybody to fix anything.  Have a great day!  Al and Peggy

Nov 18, 2016 10:19 PM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Ed Silva ~ hi Ed... you not only learned many life skills that have come in handly, I'm certain you also benefited from great bonding time with your Dad.

Nov 19, 2016 12:23 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ed, It's good to learn those skills.  My brother and I were my dad's gofers as he did projects around the home, and some things we got to do on our own (e.g. climb under the house and install insulation on the pipes since we were small and could fit under there so much easier!).  I don't do as many of those projects myself nowadays because I often find it better to hire someone who does it full time to get it done for me.  But other projects, yep, I'll be out there taking care of them.  I've got a pretty full kit of tools added to over the years.  Bill

Nov 19, 2016 01:13 AM #5
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

great story Ed.. You are lucky to have learned so much from your Dad

Nov 19, 2016 02:57 AM #6
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 You were fortunate we do not have any handy men in our family...we always have to hire out and it is not cheap and the quality is not always so good!

Nov 19, 2016 05:05 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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I can understand why you are thankful for the experience. I wish I had some of those skills.

Nov 19, 2016 05:53 AM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I grew up the same way, and tried to teach my two boys in the same way as well.

Nov 19, 2016 07:00 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

My husband has done that with our sons. I never remember my dad being mechanical at all. You are lucky to have those skills.

Nov 24, 2016 04:07 PM #10
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