A Treasured Memory-Time with Mom

This morning I read one of Roger Mucci's wonderful posts, the one about the time his father thought he had a job.

My mind immediately went back to years 1998-2000, and a treasured memory-time with Mom. My days were full, raising a granddaughter, spending time with my husband of a few years, my daughters, my mother, my new long-awaited career as a Realtor®, trying to make time to exercise, cook, garden, etc. A typical story in our overly busy lives.

Double-tasking became a way of life; hiking with my husband; Brownie Scouts with my granddaughter; jogging with one daughter; lunching with my other daughter while she helped me with household tasks; weekly family dinners.

My mother (who no longer drove) and I developed a special way to enjoy some one-on-one time: she would accompany me on broker tours and when I'd preview property. It was a win-win for both of us, especially nice when the properties were some distance from home; we'd have time to talk, and a bonus--I could use the carpool lane! When I'd pop into a home, she'd have her pen and pad out, taking notes about curbside and neighborhood appearance. Often brokers would have snacks available; I'd bring a tidbit out to her, which she'd enjoy...

One of my most treasured memories of my time with Mom in those days was an outing we took to preview ranch land in the hills of San Mateo County. This acreage is stunningly beautiful, and abuts Sam McDonald County Park

At Alpine Ranch, San Mateo CountyI knew my mother, an avid hiker for many years, would love to see this place, so I arranged with the resident caretaker to give us a property tour in his 4-wheel truck. We bounced and swayed down rutted dirt roads, through groves of redwood trees, up onto open meadows, startling wild turkeys and deer. A marvelous adventure for us both, while I did a bit of work--although I never did find a buyer for the ranch. (If I had a spare 10-million, I would have bought it in a flash!)

Take time for those you love. You'll treasure those memories.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


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Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • September 02 2012 10:23AM


Lottie, this is such a sweet post and wonderful memory of time spent with your Mom.  So glad my post about my Dad could inspire you to write it.  Thanks for the shout out, much appreciated.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

I love the fact that your mom use to ride with you and jot down notes about the properties.... I wish I had her for my secretary. The fact that she did that tells me she was very supportive of you and your career. That is a Good Thing!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 8 years ago
I love to take a walk in free time! I saw on a comment you just got an iPad! Cheers for you!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 8 years ago

What a great way to spend special time with your Mom, Lottie.  I'm sure those treasured memories helped you through your loss...

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) almost 8 years ago

Roger -- we're both lucky with our moms, aren't we?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Sussie, isn't that fun? We enjoyed our rides together, and yes, she was always supportive.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Cheryl, walking is one of my favorite activities. Yes, my iPad is new, and I'm just beginning to learn some of the helpful (and fun!) things I can use it for.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Treasured memories, indeed, Peggy. Happy ones.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago