Thankful for a few people outside my family that shaped my life

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

There were some people along my path that helped me become the person I am today. If I talked about all them you wouldn't get to read to end of this post, but I do want to mention a few stand outs that crossed my path.

First my third grade teacher, Montene Dickey.  She loved to read and she tried and with me it was success to pass along the love to read.  The Pippi Longstocking books are what hooked me.  And because (and I have no idea why) I rode the "early bus" I had to leave school before the end of reading time. I didn't like it so I got my grandmother to walk part way to the school and I talked my parents into letting me walk home from school.  My teacher would watch me walk away from the school from the play ground until I would turn around and wave at her that I could see my grandmother down the sidewalk.  Wasn't that an amazing thing?  I think so and I read A LOT of books. I don't have a photo of her, but this was my grammar school.

Another teacher that comes to mind is Ms. Barbara Burton.  I still dislike world geography, but I LOVE the constitution.  She instilled a deep love for freedom and respect for the forsight of our founding father's drafting of the constitution and the bill of rights. I will always love her for that.  And I'm thankful that I had the opportunity as an adult to tell her how much that meant to me.

Then there is Louise Ashurst. She was a Sunday School teacher I loved.  She made me love to sing hymns, love to read my Bible and instired me to teach Sunday School which I have been doing for 29 years now.  And she was brave enough to take all of us kids (with some additional adults to the beach for a camping trip) Today in my church a class is named after her.  It's Called Louise's garden. She planted a lot of seeds let me tell you.(photo left)

My real estate teacher... His name was Bob Greer.  And he was an amazing teacher. First of all he had a LOT of experience to back up his teaching which is very important I think.  And while he did teach me what I needed to know to pass the test (with 97%) he also taught me a lot of what I would need to know to be a good agent and a good Broker and eventually a good instructor. 

There was also Fabian Fain.  He was my first "real" full time pay my own bills boss.  I mean I had lots of jobs before that one, but my parents were still supporting me before this job.  I got it about two weeks before I got married and began to support myself fully without my parents.  He was considered a bit rough for a boss as the principal of the middle school where I was working at the time.  He was tough on teachers, but he did what he did for the good of the children in the school  But how that helps me now is in real estate, it's about the clients and it showed me the importance of truly prioritizing who comes first.  Thankfully I also had the opprtunity to thank him as well.

I could keep going for days and people who shaped the me I am today. But that "it takes a village" well it extends into your adult life as well. Not only did the people I encountered as a child help mold me into who I am, but still today people I run across can change who I am and make me more aware of something and change my thoughts on something. When that happens or when you encounter kindness... it's important to remember to thank them when you have the chance. 

That third grade teacher and my real estate instructor both passed away without my personally thanking them for what they did for ME. So while this is my "thankful for my village of people" post it's also a gentle reminder to thank people while you still can. 

 

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Hello Tammy - I like how you chose some amazing "teachers"(of all kinds) who helped and influenced you along the way of becoming the person you are today.  Your ending reminder to remember those who help you is an important one.  

Nov 29, 2019 03:06 PM #1
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Hi Tammy,  Thanks for sharing the gratefulness you have for special people who helped you become you.  Thanks also for reminding us to let people know how important they are to us.

Nov 29, 2019 06:07 PM #2
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Tammy-I love that you have recognized people who helped to shape your life. We all have people who have had a big impact on our lives and you're right...if we haven't already, it's a good time to let them know this.  

Nov 29, 2019 08:01 PM #3
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You definitely have a lot of great people in your life and they certainly helped you become the wonderful person you are today!

Nov 30, 2019 07:36 AM #4
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             what i learned

                                            Thank you Tammy

Nov 30, 2019 07:14 PM #5
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Tammy Lankford,
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Michael Jacobs It makes me so angry when I hear someone say "those who can do, those who can't teach".  Because all my teachers could, but decided to share their gifts.

Bob Crane you never know when you won't have someone to tell anymore

Nov 30, 2019 09:02 PM #6
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Kathy Streib thanks for the inclusion.  And so many young people have passed away in my life that I say what I feel to a person now.

Brian England yes I certainly do.

Nov 30, 2019 09:07 PM #7
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Good morning Tammy Lankford, - I really enjoyed reading this post.  I made me think of my teachers and bosses who influenced me.

Dec 01, 2019 06:04 AM #8
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Tammy, your post is so important as I hear over and over that our teachers had major influence in our life. Yet, they are the most underpaid profession. I come from generations of educators and many work second jobs or have to quit because the pay is too low.

Dec 01, 2019 06:40 AM #9
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And the most important takeaway for me in this was - tell them while you can. I think of this, especially with teachers, who give so much and receive so little thanks (and pay). Thank you for your rememberance. 

Dec 01, 2019 08:48 AM #10
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Good evening Tammy Lankford, ,

I love your post and so glad that Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week because I missed it! You are right it takes a village to help shape our lives and I personally am thinking of some who helped me and I need to personally thank. Thank you for the nudge.

Dec 01, 2019 04:11 PM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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What beautiful thoughts. Yes, we should all thank people while we have the opportunity to do so. 

 

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