When I Was a Kid......

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Referral Group Incorporated

Lately, for whatever reason, I have been thinking a lot about things I experienced in my childhood. I grew up in Philadelphia and lived in a suburban neighborhood of row homes. My elementary school was within walking distance which was good because there were no school buses. Everyday I walked to school. There were two areas where I needed to cross the street.

One day while waiting to cross I was approached by another couple kids who were selling rabbits feet. As I think back on this I am appalled, but at that time key chains with a rabbits foot were common. I don't think I have seen one in 50 years and I am glad about that, but at the time I didn't make the connection between a living thing and this. Long story short, I never got one. I was teased and put upon for weeks until it finally occurred to me that what I was offered wasn't real or real for me.

In the years since, this sort of thing has happened to me again only twice but I remembered the past and was not hurt badly as I was at probably seven. Once you get it, the chance of being broken again is certainly reduced. 

So whenever I run into someone who wants to sell me something I hadn't thought about, I take my time and decide if I want to move forward and how. You can't be hurt, if you don't play.

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When you think about real estate, it is time to focus. I have helped people for close to thirty years in all areas, and made the process not only simple but enjoyable. Why should you go it alone or settle for less? Call me and find a partner to help, direct and get you where you want to be.

Sheila Anderson

The Real Estate Whisperer...... Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator 732-715-1133

 

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Wise advice, we never like to be rushed into making a purchase decision. We always like to think about it and consider all the options before we decide.

Jan 15, 2019 01:05 PM #3
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Great story and I remember well the rabbit foot phenomena of the late 50s and 60s. The moral of your story also hits home Sheila Anderson 

Jan 15, 2019 01:07 PM #4
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Bob. it makes me so furious now but I never made the connection as a kid.   TY    Sheila

Jan 15, 2019 01:31 PM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks Alexandra.    Sheila

Jan 15, 2019 01:31 PM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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I agree nick but I am pretty secure today. TY    Sheila

Jan 15, 2019 01:32 PM #7
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Paul on both counts. :)      Sheila

Jan 15, 2019 01:33 PM #8
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Sheila Anderson - You brought back memories I would never have thought about.  Those key chains were everywhere. I can't even remember the last time I saw one. 

Jan 15, 2019 03:45 PM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Sheri. I know.....and that is a good thing. TY       Sheila

Jan 15, 2019 03:47 PM #10
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William Feela
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I love to thin back and see all the good I had in my life...gives me great comfort

Jan 15, 2019 06:59 PM #11
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James Dray
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Morning Sheila.

I remember those, never owned one.  Like you I haven't seen one in decades.

Jan 16, 2019 01:46 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you William.       Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 04:10 AM #13
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks James.       Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 04:10 AM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I remember those rabbit feet keychains.  And, you are right, they haven't been seen in decades.  I use to have one that I use for good luck when I beat the pants off those I was playing games against.

Jan 16, 2019 06:33 AM #15
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Sharon Tara
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Great lesson, Sheila.

I remember the rabbits feet. I always thought they were disgusting.  Supposedly good luck. Not for the rabbit, that's for sure.

Jan 16, 2019 06:59 AM #16
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Myrl. It is so foreign now. Thank G-d.     Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 07:58 AM #17
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Sharon. You were right. As much an animal person as I am I never put it together. I was really dumb. TY    Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 07:59 AM #18
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I never thought twice about rabbit's feet, either, Sheila. Of course, now I do. Even when my mother hauled me to the Johnson Meat Packing Plant near Circle Pines, MN, so I could observe animals hanging upside down, getting ready to be cut up for dinner, I never made the connection. No, those animals were already slaughtered and they had no bearing to that package of bacon in the meat produce aisle at the store.

None at all.

Jan 16, 2019 10:07 AM #19
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Sheila Anderson
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hi again Elizabeth. I can't believe youMother took you there. Sorry.     Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 10:22 AM #20
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Sheila - isn't it interesting how our mind works and the way thoughts occur? I think so but now I am wondering about key chains and rabbits feet. 

Jan 16, 2019 10:42 AM #21
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Sheila Anderson
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I understand Michael. Me too. TY      Sheila

Jan 16, 2019 10:45 AM #22
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