Living in a Bubble in the Midst of Extraordinary Times

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


It is so easy to feel we are living in a bubble, when outside forces are one reality, but your own reality is something a little different! This past week has been like that for me! I’m actually on day 5 of having not left my house.

Last Thursday evening, my grandson, who I hadn’t seen in a few years, came for a visit from Houston. John Luis has been attending Rice University there. He is graduating in May. Certain plans for activities began crumbling as a chain of health directives and self-isolation orders came to pass. Sacramento also experienced rains on most days!

With these challenges in mind, I put focus on cooking special dinners, with family time. We took the opportunity to put logs on the fire, and watched favorite movies, found on old DVDs, kept in the drawers of my entertainment center.

My grandson returned to Houston late last night. Although we didn’t venture outside as much, I will have warm memories of our time together, while California continues to self-isolate.


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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh how wonderful, Myrl! I know he was thrilled to have a home-cooked meal and spend time with his favorite grandmama! I hope the rest of his year goes smoothly for him. 

Makes you think - how does one graduating from college right now, interview for jobs? I just can't imagine being so excited to graduate and faced with what we are facing now.

Mar 20, 2020 11:11 PM #8
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Myrl, How nice to have your grandson visit. Changes are happening daily, but spending family time, and your delicious looking meals was a great opportunity and a terrific bubble to be in!

Mar 21, 2020 05:02 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is wonderful and spending time with family is a great thing to do when we are having to stay inside and events are being canceled.

Mar 21, 2020 06:58 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - There is no better time spent than being with family.  I am so glad your grandson was able to enjoy some quality time with you.  He is a handsome young man. 

Mar 21, 2020 06:59 AM #11
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a lovely picture, Myrl. It's so special to be able to spend time with family at any time, but especially in times of crisis. 

Mar 21, 2020 07:02 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You are lucky to have been able to enjoy the company of your grandson. I am sure he enjoyed your home cooking.

Mar 21, 2020 11:26 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl glad you were able to spend time with your grandson, but if you keep on feeding him like that, he will never go away.  I know I wouldn't

Mar 21, 2020 12:48 PM #14
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Myrl-Looks like you created a very welcoming shelter for your grandson with delicious goodies!

Mar 21, 2020 01:42 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

What fond memories were built during this visit! No doubt your grandson appreciated the time with you and a wonderful meal.


Mar 21, 2020 01:45 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I hope that young man has a better world than the one we are leaving him.

Mar 21, 2020 03:41 PM #17
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I have been thinking of fond memories as well. So thankful my husband and I just visited our younger daughter last weekend...since my county is declaring a 'stay at home' policy as of Tuesday!

Mar 21, 2020 03:58 PM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Yes life still goes on and we should be enjoying it all the more. Great looking grandson, and platter of food!

Mar 21, 2020 08:47 PM #19
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
What a great reunion for you and John Luis.  How wonderful you were able to spend one-on-one downtime and share some amazing home cooked meals. I bet it won't be long before he wants to come back for another visit!

Mar 22, 2020 12:16 PM #20
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

So glad you got a chance to spend quality time with your grandson!   Given our statewide "stay at home" order, the best we can do with our families going forward is video chats or Face Time.    

Mar 23, 2020 08:28 AM #21
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl what a lovely post and funny I keep telling Diane we can not live in a Bubble as much as she would like...Endre

Mar 24, 2020 10:20 PM #22
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


What a warming story and wonderful moment reading this. He is a truly brave young man to travel during these crazy times but I am certain, you were glad he did. cheers cvc

Mar 25, 2020 08:19 AM #23
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Myrl!

You know, I was positive I commented and gave you a like shortly after you posted this wonderful blog post. I don't see it here now! But I am leaving this comment and I gave you a like too! The funny thing is, a few other people commented on previous recent blog posts of mine saying they were sure they commented too, but it disappeared.  I wonder if there's another glitch and we are just assuming others are receiving our comments. Strange!

Anyhow, I really liked the photograph of you and your grandson. You made him a plate (platter) full of food, fit for a King! I can only imagine how much he loves to visit you and spend time with you too. He's such a handsom boy! They sure grow up fast, especially when they go off to school. You must be so proud of him too! I used to recruit the top interns for Abbott Diagnostics in Irving, TX from top schools. Rice and TX A&M is where we got the most qualified and nicest interns. They were all so smart and easy to work with. I'm sure your grandson will have a promising future. 

I pray we get out of the bubble and our country and the people get healthy again. This all came about so unexpectedly. I miss my daughter, son, and granddaughter so much. I feel isolated and wish I could be with them too. There really is nothing greater in life than the love of family and to have them near is really a treasure. I hope you are all doing well and shall be reunited soon for one big Hoopla, in your usual Party style!

If ever you're lonely, and want to talk, let me know! For me, living alone was never lonely until now. 

Mar 25, 2020 03:03 PM #24
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


between you and Patricia above, a single guy would be in Heaven. Dance one and two are taken by my two favorites. cheers cvc

Mar 26, 2020 09:25 PM #25
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, the photo is gorgeous and really captures what was actually going on in spite of the reality of the moment.  You and your grandson look so happy.  

Mar 28, 2020 03:50 AM #26
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful time together!  The wonderful memories you've created will last for decades to come for your grandson!  You outdid yourself!

Apr 01, 2020 07:51 PM #27
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