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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