thankful for the gift of time

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I wasn't in the best place in my life.  I'd had not one, but two divorces and that second one was a trigger in some "test my mommy" behavior in my child.  I remember I was having a "code" interpretation disagreement with the local building and zoning code enforcement. The words "for" and "on" are not interchangeable in my book.  

I got a phone call one morning and my mom told me that my daddy had just been told his biopsy results and that he did have cancer. The code enforcement officer must have thought I was beyond nuts because I threw her out of my office in a screaming rage ten minutes after I got that call. 

But here I am 19 years and 1 day post my daddy's surgery and he's still the hardest working man I know.  I find it a little ironic that his surgery was on veterans day.  1999 seems like a lifetime ago.  My daughter was in the 6th grade, Donald was just a pen pal at the time and I'd never even owned a dog.  Life was so different.

But I have always said that it changed me for the better... I began to see every day for what it is... a gift. I always tell my friends I love them at the end of a conversations or that I'm grateful for our friendship.

I am so very thankful for the gift of 19 years and for each day that comes after that I still have my Daddy here with me.  (photo from the 60s)


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tammy loved this post and you are lucky to have your father still here, I would love to have that opportunity .....Endre

Nov 12, 2018 10:17 PM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Tammy... wish I had my parents with me today, but my mom would be 100 and my father 120, so not likely that would be realistic. Loved this comment and I will apply it more often to my conversations in future:

I always tell my friends I love them at the end of a conversations or that I'm grateful for our friendship.

Nov 13, 2018 03:32 AM #2
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I think it was Buddha who said 'the trouble is, we think we have time'.
The most precious thing we do not own, but get to enjoy.

Nov 13, 2018 04:24 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tammy. What a gift of time for you and your dad. Simply amazing! Congrats! Enjoy your day!

Nov 13, 2018 04:34 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that your Daddy is doing well after 19 years, he will keep fighting, I am sure of that.

Nov 13, 2018 04:58 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. Oh wow. What an insightful, poignant and moving story this. I am grateful to know you too.

Nov 13, 2018 07:04 AM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Tammy, let the celebrations continue.  Many who face the cancer beast do see life through a different lens - a lens of gratitude every single day. 

Nov 13, 2018 08:37 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I can hear you booting that woman out of your office, Tammy! Time is definitely something that I'm more thankful for as time goes by - we seem to appreciate it more with each passing day.

Nov 19, 2018 12:15 PM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Debe Maxwell, CRS and oh the irony of the timing of this post and the news and tests we are waiting to have again.  And honestly, I am not sure anyone could imagine me booting her. I called her the sign witch. And it was one of those times where I cried and not because I was sad, but so mad at her when she couldn't understand that I was NOT going to have that discussion with her on that day. I am not sure I've ever been so forceful with someone or met anyone with such a lack of compassion for the day I was having.

Nov 19, 2018 01:25 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You are blessed to have him and setting a good example for us all by saying how much you love those around you (everyone but the codes lady of course, :) )

Nov 29, 2018 07:22 PM #10
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Debbie Reynolds you know I don't even know what happened to that lady.  But she doesn't work for code enforcement anymore.  The new guy.... much much nicer too.  And on the regular I've said good-bye to friends and family at young ages and because of what my family sees nearly daily at work I know how important letting people know how if feel is.

Nov 29, 2018 07:47 PM #11
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