I Know an Old Lady...

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

Talking with a few friends the other day, the topic of ear worms came up. As all three of us are or have been Girl Scout leaders, a lot of the songs that get stuck in our heads are ones we’ve sung with our girls at camp. Some are songs from our children’s younger days.

My friend, Chris, said that all she has to do is start, “The wheels on the bus…” and her daughter groans and laughs. I responded in song, “This is the song that never ends, yes, it goes on and on my friend…”  Chris laughed and said, “Stop it!”

In the car with my daughter following a delicious Mother’s Day crepe breakfast, a small bug was flying in our car. My daughter was sure it was outside the car, and I was sure it was inside. I cautioned her that if we weren’t careful, we might inhale it, as it kept circling in front of us. Then, I just started singing, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…” My daughter indulges my antics so she helped me remember all the crazy lyrics but we both got to laughing so hard that I had to pull over for a few minutes.

The whole thing got me to thinking about how things can get stuck in our head, so you have to be careful about the messages you allow to linger. If they bring you joy, great. But if those thoughts become ear worms that are negative, have some back up material to reinforce a positive attitude. Have uplifting music readily accessible, a book on tape (digital, I’m sure) in the car for longer rides, an inspirational speaker cued up in your music library. Solicit and share great finds with other Realtors and professionals.

Exchange the moments of your life for positive thoughts. If it doesn’t bring you joy, replace it with something that does.

And if you ever need a song, just ask me. After all, I know an old lady!  



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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Monica,

Replace the ANTs with APEs. Automatic negative thoughts with automatic positive encouragements. Songs can definitely be good for that. Glad you had a great time on Mother's Day.

May 13, 2019 10:16 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Oh my, there are so many songs that can stick in our heads! I totally agree with replacing negative thoughts with something positive. And songs are definitely a great tool for doing so.

Have a great day!

May 14, 2019 02:56 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Monica. Your title caught my attention and I smiled threwout the book. I know an old lady too.

May 14, 2019 07:52 AM #3
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

The ear worms are sure annoying. I've had a lot of those lately. Turning on the car radio helps.

May 14, 2019 05:11 PM #4
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a delightful post. Earworms happen and the radio sure helps. Love the laughter shared with your daughter on Mother's Day.

May 14, 2019 07:04 PM #5
Adam Feinberg
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I don't have a car, though the subway and my phone work in the same manner for me. Seriously, if you need some humor- just spend some time in the subway- eventually something is going to get you to laugh.

May 14, 2019 07:25 PM #6
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Congrats on the feature, Monica! And I love those mnemonic devices (named after Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory).

May 14, 2019 07:37 PM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Monica - a cute post.  And memorable too.  Just like many things from our past.  Remember/recall the positive and don't concentrate on the others.  Good message.  

May 15, 2019 05:06 AM #8
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The mind was never meant to lead...but monitor instead. A heart-driven life instead develops character, conscience and compliments the existing skills bank simply because it helps to feed the soul the core of the human. Thoughts should be observed not obeyed. THINK: Watching a parade as opposed to being in it. If one was to enter every thought, they do so at the cost of true life. Prompts from within are the true treasures and should be explored & refined

May 15, 2019 07:32 AM #9
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Proverbs 23:7.... great reminder

May 15, 2019 08:35 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Monica - love it!  I so remember all those songs too and it brought joy just thinking of all the fun times as a Brownie and Girl Scout! I am a long time believer that 'thoughts are  very powerful use them well' as well as 'To Think Is To Create!'

May 15, 2019 10:22 AM #11
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I just loved reading this.  I will hear a song on radio and sing it all afternoon long.  Great reminder..

May 15, 2019 11:12 AM #12
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

This is a great reminder to dismiss the negative thoughts that often hang in our head long after they should be gone!

May 16, 2019 07:07 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun post, and nothing like pulling over to laugh.  And I love replacing stuck thoughts with new ones.  A 

May 16, 2019 09:49 AM #14
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