Insight into Select Ann

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri MO Salesperson#2004006871

Insight into Select Ann

ActiveRain has always been an awesome community.  The February challenge has me thinking.  What is My Story?  This could be a book.   So here goes:

I was born in St. Louis at the baby factory.  Yes, my mother actually called it that.  I am youngest of 11!?!  What were my parents thinking?  They had 6 boys in a row before I was born.  My mom always said they stopped when they had me because they knew what a comfort I was going to be.  I brought them happiness from the moment I was born. 

I was brought up in a loving household with parents who cared very much about the quality of life.  As one could expect, finances were tight but my parents made sure we all felt LOVED.  When I was a small child, we lived in a house without air conditioning.  (I know, I must be OLD!)  My mother would take ALL of us to the pool everyday.  It was a wonderful way to spend time.  This taught me to appreciate the sunshine! (And to this day, life is always better with sunshine).

mom and dad

My mother baked everyday and let me help.  My youngest memory is of sitting on the counter top (WHAT? I can hear the gasping) and helping mix some cookie dough.  I was 18 months old (More gasping) After she turned on the mixer, I proceeded to stick a spoon in to take a taste.  Needless to say, I bent the beaters.  She was such a resourceful woman.  She immediately found the name of the company and their address.  She wrote a letter and low and behold, a new set of beaters showed up.  My mother taught me to never be afraid to share an opinion or idea.

My father, too, was instrumental in my life.  He showed me what a good work ethic was. He went to work everyday and improved his job title by reading.  He taught me that knowledge is power.  Often he would say,  Go read a book!  Before I was born, he invested in a set of the Book of Knowledge.

He loved to sing and play the guitar.  "You are My Sunshine" was one of his favorites and subsequently mine too.  He was a gentle man with kind eyes.  Before my mother died, she needed assistance walking, so I was in front of her, helping.  She looked into my eyes and said, "You have your father's eyes."  I was so happy to hear her say that.

Fast forward to my real estate career.  My first broker was the best!  Sharon taught me that you cannot make anyone do anything.  All you can do is make suggestions.  The only person you are in control of is you. (I always add "MOST of the time" to this statement).

Sunset on the water

If I wrote a book, it would be about my real estate career. It would be a scary, funny, true story.  I shudder to think anyone could make this stuff up!

Thank you for reading.  I am the agent with a sense of humor, because life is too short to be so serious!

Smile!  Be Kind!  Both are free and they can improve your day and everyone around you!

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Comments (10)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

So many great stories from so many people from all walks of life over here and you’re right AR is a great community

Feb 26, 2022 10:56 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Laura Cerrano ,

I agree!  Thank you for stopping by.


Feb 28, 2022 08:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Yike 11 siblings! Your mom had it right. "Baby Factory".  LOL

  Happy Sunday and thanks for the share on the Rain.  Rest up as it all starts over tomorrow. bill

Feb 27, 2022 05:20 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog ,

10 siblings.  11 children.  It was a busy place!  LOL

Feb 28, 2022 08:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ann - thank you for sharing some of your story with us.  I enjoyed reading and nothing in it seems that shocking or gasp worthy (I guess that also makes me old.  🙃).

Feb 27, 2022 07:24 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Michael Jacobs ,

Glad you enjoyed.  it was actually pretty fun to write.

You don't seem old.  

Feb 28, 2022 08:13 AM
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 Ann,
The best things in life are free... like a smile and being kind.  With 10 siblings I bet you had plenty of practice being patient and kind. LOL   Your mother and father both sound like very kind and patient people.  Are your parents and siblings still alive? Do you have big family gatherings? I only have 1 brother. He lives about 300 miles away and just left from a 3 day visit. 

Regarding real estate, you are right... you can't make those stories up! 

Feb 28, 2022 07:43 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Carol Williams ,

My parents have both passed away as well as my bonus dad.  Two of my brothers have passed away- one at 3 months (a twin to my older sister) and the brother born 2 years before me.   Since my mom died, the big gatherings have stopped.  Siblings can have such attitude problems.  :-/

Feb 28, 2022 08:20 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ann the youngest of 11 and 6 boys before you.  I know from experience how happy they were to have a girl!  I had 3 brothers younger than me (3 siblings older than me) and when my Mom and Dad brought the new baby home I was sure it was another boy and wanted nothing to do with 'it'!  But it was a girl and I was so excited!!!  Sounds like your parents gave you all a good life and entrusted you with great values and a work ethic.  Sorry to hear you don't have big gatherings with your family . We used to but since we're all spread out in the country and other countries it doesn't happen with us either.  Growing up in a big family teaches many, many things and it's good to know someone else who 'gets it!!

Love this -

Smile!  Be Kind!  Both are free and they can improve your day and everyone around you

Feb 28, 2022 08:58 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker ,

Thank you for your kind words. 

Mar 01, 2022 06:48 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ann Hayden 636-399-7544 I have followed you blog for a while, but knew very little about you, so this gives a look into who you are.

Feb 28, 2022 10:55 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

George Souto ,

Now you know....LOL

Mar 01, 2022 06:48 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for sharing your story.  I love that your mom let you sit on the counter and taste test the batter. 

Feb 28, 2022 10:56 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty ,

Thank you for stopping by to read it.  

Mar 01, 2022 06:49 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Sounds like you have had a great life.  I enjoyed your story.  Thank you for sharing.

Mar 01, 2022 07:04 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home ,

Thank you for reading.  

Mar 01, 2022 06:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ann, for sharing some of your personal story.

Have a great day and a productive week.

Mar 03, 2022 05:33 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Roy Kelley ,

Thank you for stopping by to read it.  Be happy!

Mar 03, 2022 09:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ann, great story, and thanks for sharing your early years, and you DID have a huge family! 

Mar 03, 2022 07:43 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Joan Cox ,

We did have a big family!  And all of those cousins- but that is another story!

Mar 03, 2022 09:47 AM