A "Feel Good" Moment

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Advantage

   I had a 'proud mommy' or 'feel good' moment yesterday that I wanted to share. I was doing my usual morning mad rush to get myself and my 2 children ready to set out for the day. Suddenly, my daughter rushed into my room and in a panic said "mommy, mommy a bird just flew into our window and now he can't fly!"  My family and I are all animal lovers and have 'rescued' many over the years. However, considering the time crunch I was in, all I could think was 'boy, I sure don't have time for this now.'  But then I looked into my daughter's eyes...they were filled with tears. That was all it took. I told her that I would try to think of something while I finished getting dressed. I came out about 10 minutes later and was shocked to discover what my 2 children had done. My son, who is 8 years old, had found a large box, made sure it had 'air holes' in it, folded a towel into the bottom of the box and all the while my daughter is outside guarding the bird and trying to figure out how to pick it up without hurting it. They were determined that they were going to take this bird to the sitter's with them because they knew it would be vulnerable to the neighbors cats. So that is what they did. 

    You might be wondering why such a small thing was such a 'feel good' for me. To me, it is proof of 2 things:

    1) My children are growing up. They are getting more independent and smarter and developing a sense of what is important to them.

    2) I have already, at least to some extent, instilled in my little ones a very basic yet very important principle: The appreciation for life in all shapes and sizes and a willingness and eagerness to care for other creatures. 

    Are you wondering what this has to do with real estate? Maybe nothing. Maybe if I tax my brain I can think of a clever way to link the 2. I'd rather keep it simple and ask "How can you be successful at anything, be it real estate or life in general, if you don't have that basic sense of caring?  

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Rainer
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Judi Glamb
Associate Broker, ABR
Coldwell Banker Hearthside
Great posts and you did good linking it to real estate!  Enjoy the feel good moment!  Judi
July 28, 2007 07:56 PM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Advantage

My responses to both of you disappeared so I'll respond again and hope that it doesnt disappear again, or that your comments dont disappear.

Judi-Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I liked your meme!

Sarah-It disappeared from the newbie group, but is still in the other groups...for now. Thanks for the 5 and for the compliment  *blush* .     

July 28, 2007 08:52 AM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Advantage
TLW.. I couldn't agree with you more. I think that caring for others is the foundation for all other things good in the world. Thanks for coming by to see me. And I love it when you ROAR...LOL.
July 28, 2007 01:30 PM
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Hello Melissa,
I understand completely why this was a "feel good moment" for you.  Compassion is such a wonderful trait to instill in your children and it appears you have done it well.  They sound like great kids, I know you are proud of them.  Thanks for sharing with us.
July 29, 2007 12:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Chrissi Zaccheo Ewing
Florida Sun & Surf
Your kids are great, I think this is what we hope for as Mothers.
July 31, 2007 08:34 AM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Hi Chrissi and thank you for stopping by. Yes, it is what we hope for isn't it? I think Cynthia found the word I was looking for...'compassion'.  
July 31, 2007 09:28 PM
Rainer
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Melissa Wagner
Leo Parker Real Estate & Auction
Great kids! This is what I like to see in mine too, sure feels good!
August 05, 2007 09:31 PM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Hi Melissa and thanks for stopping by. They are great kids. They surprise me sometimes when I realize that they actually have been paying attention.  :)
August 06, 2007 09:07 AM
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That is a feel good moment and I hope you have enoyed it to the max!!!
August 11, 2007 05:53 PM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Hi Maureen, thanks for stopping by. You know you gotta enjoy those moments, never know when you're gonna have another.  :)
August 12, 2007 05:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Weichert Referral Associates

 Maureen '

It is a blessing to see someone with their priorities in the right place.

August 12, 2007 06:29 PM
Rainer
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
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Hi Hugh, thanks for stopping by. Yes, you do have to keep your priorities straight.
August 13, 2007 09:15 AM
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Laura Underwood
Missouri Certified Notary Signing Agent
Above the Line Signing

What an awesome feeling to know that your children are growing up and turning into kind loving people. Way to go!

August 13, 2007 10:39 AM
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
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Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by. It sure is nice when you get these little hints that the kids have actually been listening and watching. 
August 13, 2007 02:55 PM
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Bridget McGee
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061

HI Melissa, Good for you, and for your kids, they are blessed to have you to teach them the important things in life. I got teary eyed reading your post.  I feel the same way when I see my 2 year old daughter patting one of her friends on the back when they have been hurt, or rocking her baby dolls and singing to them.  Children learn what they see! 

Now my only question is...when she steps on her babydoll's head or carries them by their feet, do I have to take credit for that??  Don't think she ever saw me do that! lol

I like to think that I am helping to nurture what God has instilled, and you must be doing a FANTASTIC job!

August 26, 2007 09:39 PM
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Melissa Nottingham
WV Real Estate Agent
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Hi Bridget and thanks for your comment. I guess if we take some credit for the good, we also must do so for the bad. But I can guarantee my daughter never saw me carry her baby brother around by his feet. LOL.  I guess some of this stuff they come up with on their own.
August 27, 2007 10:03 PM
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I agree you never do know when it may happen again. The only sad thing is they grow up so fast that before you know it they are out the door and into their own lives. My oldest is leaving for College next week.
August 28, 2007 04:18 PM
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