Thank You Mr. Weese - I Really Did Learn Something in Class!

Real Estate Agent with Fred Real Estate Group

Today I am out showing property to an out of town buyer. This is more the norm for me than not. As we are walking the back of an acre parcel of a really nice home I realize that the property owner has removed all the Jack-pine trees and only left the beautiful Ponderosa Pines.

 I mention this to the buyer and he wants an explanation of what the difference is, for those of you that do not know, Jack-pines have a shallow root system, they have shorter needles that are generally 2 to a pod, while Ponderosa Pines have a tap root and a deeper root system, longer needles and three to a pod.

So, my buyer says how do you know that stuff, all day you have educated me about the geography of the area, the animals and now the trees? I think for a minute and I tell him I had a great science teacher I guess.

You know I hated science in school, but being in the first class of a new high school (1981 graduate of La Pine High School - class size 36) we were limited on options for electives, so I took a lot of science classes. I thought I hated it, I knew I hated the teacher. Now, I owe that teacher a word of thanks. Mr. Weese was a tough cookie, he did not put up with my loud and victorious teenage rebellious ways. He made me sit and listen, he made science a lot more fun and important than I ever realized.

I graduated over 25 years ago - and yet today it was like I was the teacher of the same stuff I learned almost 30 years ago. Things I have taken for granted, my client thinks I am some expert when in reality, Mr. Weese was the expert. He was a great teacher and had a bigger influence on my life than I every realized. He was the one who taught me the common sense of science.

Our small town has changed a lot in recent years and will be changing more in the future, but the things Mr. Weese taught me will aways be true and factual.

Thank you Mr. Weese for making me the expert I was today. You helped me be the person I am today and apparently I listened a lot more than either of us knew.

It is funny how as we age we remember the people that made an impact on our lives. Who has made an impact on your life?

Remember to thank them. The greatest reward is finding out you made a difference somewhere in the world.

We need more people like Mr. Weese in the world.


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Comments (20)

Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Don't you just love when a good teacher made a difference....and you didn't know it until "then". 

I still know my prepositions in alphabetical order!  I still know the states in alphabetical order!  Why?  I don't know.  

Mar 14, 2007 10:11 PM
Stephen Luckett
ExecuHome Realty-LuckNet Real Estate Group - Dundalk Sparrows Point, MD
There are so many that have made an impact-teachers, mentors, and even parents-and many times these impacts aren't realized for many years.
Mar 15, 2007 12:17 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Thesa I think we can all remember a teacher who really affected our lives in a good way.  I have heard successful people praise there teachers for helping them take the direction they did.  Yes I too will add my shout out to all those teachers who made a difference.
Mar 15, 2007 12:20 AM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
As a former teacher, you never know when or how you have made an impression on a young mind.  Hope you can let your former teacher know this.
Mar 15, 2007 12:30 AM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
It is amazing how as students we just took show up and try to get through it and later we realize we really learned.  I did find Mr. Weese once before when his class saved my best friends life... she was mixing comet and ammonia, and couldn't figure out why she felt funny... you do not mix bleach with ammonia -
Mar 15, 2007 02:08 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
I have many out-of-town buyers. Since I grew up in Central Kentucky I know a lot about the lush green paradise I live in. I grew up as a tomboy out in the woods and played in the creek. Clients really appreciate learning about a new area they are moving to.
Mar 15, 2007 02:35 AM
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
It's funny what sticks with you. There are things I remember that never even struck me a memorable.
Mar 15, 2007 03:09 AM
Brett Tousley
Keller Williams Realty - Richland, WA
Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013

So often a great teacher's impact is not fully realized or appreciated for many years.  I honestly don't know how High school teachers do it.  I'm sure if Mr. Weese is still around he'd love to see the impact he made on you! 


Mar 15, 2007 04:42 AM
Alamo City Homes Magazine
Alamo City Homes Magazine - San Antonio, TX
I can't wait for a buyer to ask about Lost or Heroes or WWE.. Then I'll be showing them all about my Mad Skillz!!!
Mar 15, 2007 05:22 AM
Patrick Brady
The Danberry Co., Realtors - Sylvania, OH

My wife and I have this type of thing happen with our children.  They will ask about something as curious children do.  We are able to channel back to the things that we picked up in school and actually answer some of their questions.

Mar 15, 2007 05:22 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

What we learn as kids doesn't always mean as much to us as when we get older and can apply it to situations in our life. Some teachers are great and then there are those who aren't very good at puting the point across.


Patricia Aulson/SEACOAST NH & ME 

Mar 15, 2007 05:36 AM
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate
Thanks for sharing Thesa.  This hits home to me.  I was raised on a large 700 acre row-crop farm in S.W. Idaho and I can tell you what is in ever field in our great county.  Howevery, this doesn't do me a lot of good in town when people ask me "What kind of tree is that" which I get asked a ton.  I joke with them and tell them I was the son of a "Row Crop Farmer" and everyone just laughs.  I then need to ask the sellers what kind of trees certain ones are and then pass the information off to the buyers.  I have always told people that before I die I want to take a class on the trees & shrubs of S.W. Idaho so I can answer all those buyers questions.  I had better get with the program! LOL
Mar 15, 2007 07:21 AM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
there are some great websites with wonderful photos that could help you George - what is really bad for me is when I remember the scientific name and not the common one.... they really think I am crazy.  Thanks for the comment - still smoke free
Mar 15, 2007 07:26 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Teachers do make a world of difference.  Sometimes in just what they say, not the knowledge that they teach.  I learned to value myself through my teachers....
Mar 15, 2007 12:15 PM
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon
Thesa- You know I love your stories. For me, it was my fifth grade teacher...Mrs. Kinghorn. I actually should thank her for my writing here. She really showed me how to express  myself through my words. Thanks for the trip down memory lane : ) 
Mar 15, 2007 03:30 PM
I know just about everything about the flora and fauna in the Puget Sound Area because that was what I was interested in while growing up.  The trouble is that I wasn't interested in the business of real estate so, since I am relatively new to the industry, I have an awful lot to learn.
Mar 15, 2007 05:27 PM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!
I suspect that he was a good teacher, but I also suspect that you were a good student.
Mar 15, 2007 05:38 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Thesa - What a nice tribute to a great teacher, even if you didn't think so at the time.
Jun 12, 2007 05:16 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
I don't know what kind we have here, but our pine trees are constantly dying. They get pine beetles and some kind of rot. Nobody wants them, but the city makes us get a permit if we want to remove them. And then they have to be replaced with a tree of similar size. 
Oct 21, 2007 02:04 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
I got to speak in my law enforcement class from high school about 6 years ago. He remembered me of course and he asked me if his class made an impact on my life. I told him yes but to this day believe...maybe so....and the reason to do my job well, and think in the best interests of my client first. Hmmm.
Oct 21, 2007 04:41 PM