Grateful for Friendships!

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

All of us can say we have friends. Whether it's the cashier at the grocery store, the mailman or the pharmacist that knows you by name or the friends that stay in touch, we all have friends! 

 

Friendships exist at different levels, but they each have a benefit to us.  Some friends are those serving coffee at a coffee house or a waiter at your favorite restaurant.  While these may be brief interactions, they serve a meaningful purpose to both the giver and receiver of a friendly gesture.  The gift of a smile and a "have a great day" are what makes for part of a great day!  

 

Friendly waiter

Long term friendships are those that span the years and the instant warmth that these friends bring is cherished!  The main photo including my three friends are those that go back over 45 years!  Kim, on the left, is a middle school friend so much longer than 45 years.  While the two guys are high school friends.  Working high school reunions with them has been beyond rewarding.  The laughter and hugs are priceless.  This photo is from a trip to Cypress, TX this past July where one classmate has retired.  Priceless memories that only happen once in a while as none of us lives in the same state! 

 

These friends in Arizona are my "Taco Tuesday" group.  There's always something fun to talk about and the conversation are lively!

Taco Tuesday Group

 

Other friendships are more close-knit and may be those that you see on a regular basis.  These are friends that are available to shuttle you to doctor appointments and you check on them when they aren't feeling well.    These are friends that adopted me during Covid as their friend.  How fun!   Indeed 2 of them have become great friends and we've done favors for each other.  Four of us are realtors!

Covid buddies

Then there are clients that become friends, and almost like family. Two dear friends passed not that long ago.  Pictured here are Allen & Mary Ann Dutton at the dedication of his photography building at Phoenix College.  What wonderful people.  If you visit the library, his black and white photography is hanging throughout.  He and Mary Ann taught there for many years.  Meeting Allen at the gym was such a treat.  He started racing me on his recumbent bike. I had to join the fun!   For more on Allen Dutton and his history of art, photography and philanthropy, visit his site. 

 

Allen & Mary Ann Dutton, Arizona then and Now

Friendships have been very valuable since all of my family lives elsewhere.  Friendships are like fine wine - they just get better with age!   I'm very grateful for all of my friendships, including those on ActiveRain, featured in my next series of grateful posts!

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Comments (25)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jan... what a wonderful testimonial for friendship and your friendships. Loved your photos. As I get older and lose long-standing friends, I am more and more aware of how important such friendships are and that sadly sometimes we forget to appreciate them in the moment. I like to think of you as one of my special Active Rain friends.

Nov 16, 2022 04:49 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What an inspiring post and it speaks to the character of you for the smiles in the photos.

Nov 16, 2022 06:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan, so many smiling faces of FRIENDS!   What would we do without them?   It is sad when someone passes, and miss them!

Nov 16, 2022 06:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jan - whether it's a friendly gesture or something a bit longer, friendships and acquaintances come in a variety of forms.  Kindness is a common bond.  Nice post.  

Nov 16, 2022 08:12 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Good morning, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ. Our friends and friendships made over the years are priceless. Your post is heartwarming and full of gratitude. Like you, I cherish all the friendships I have made over the years. 

Nov 16, 2022 08:31 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Kathy Streib thank you so much!  With your background, I'm very glad you were able to be on the zoom call.  I so appreciate how you see familiar faces at different places and spaces.  I'm not surprised you have great memories!  

Nov 16, 2022 04:11 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm !  Appreciate you stopping by!

Nov 16, 2022 04:16 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I appreciate your read Endre Barath, Jr. These groups of friends have been a great source of stories, laughter, and endless entertainment.  I consider you one of my good friends, too even though we haven't met!  But that's my next post - so next time!  Have a great rest of your week Endre and thank you for stopping by!

Nov 16, 2022 04:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  the feeling is mutual and many who we meet finally face to face that we have been friends with on AR for years do not disappoint, they remain friends after the meeting too:)Endre

Nov 16, 2022 05:26 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Brian England  - you're a doll!  Appreciate our friendship too!

Nov 16, 2022 04:20 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Glad you found it a fun read Kat Palmiotti ! I was going for light hearted before I write the 3rd and 4th.  Lots of great  friends in AR and you're one of them!

Nov 16, 2022 04:21 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes that is tough Nina Hollander, Broker  losing friends.  Friends are the glue that binds us.  Appreciate that - and you're a good friend, too.  More on that in my next post!

Nov 16, 2022 04:22 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Ed Silva!  It's wonderful having so many friends.  As we get older we do find out who we can truly call friends.  I like to think that everyone in ActiveRain is a friend, you included! 

Nov 16, 2022 04:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're so right Joan Cox !  Love all of my friends and enjoy seeing and doing with them.  Have a great rest of your week! 

Nov 16, 2022 04:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Michael Jacobs .  I appreciate you and your comments! 

Nov 16, 2022 04:24 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Jerry Newman !  Yes, gratitude for the warm friendships for sure.  Appreciate you stopping by!  

Nov 16, 2022 04:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love this, Jan! Like you, I have several different 'groups' of friends and many of them are past/present/future clients too. I can't imagine life without them and I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

I'm looking forward to your next post since it is going to be about AR friendships! I'm certainly so very thankful for our friendship, Jan! 

So sorry I missed your presentation yesterday. I heard it was AMAZING and of course, I would not have expected any less. You are such an integral part of our group and I am thankful for YOU!

Thanks for sharing your gratitude post with us. Have a lovely Thursday!

Nov 16, 2022 07:38 PM
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 Jan,
Friends do come in many forms and on many different levels.  Friends are such a blessing.

One of my favorite things about the real estate business was having clients become friends, even like family.  Real estate is what led us to ActiveRain, and look where that took us all.  😊

Nov 19, 2022 02:28 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Friends enrich our lives and your friendships make you a millionaire on that level, Jan.

Nov 20, 2022 08:51 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Debe Maxwell, CRS - definitely missed you but know you were pre-occupied with Ray.  I sure hope he is doing well!  Hugs and prayers!  

Nov 21, 2022 07:27 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Of course your clients became friends Carol Williams - that's a given with how you do business  So happy to know you friend! 

Nov 21, 2022 07:28 PM