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June 6... and Memories of My Dad...

It's funny how things happen.  And when.

For much of last night, and much of this morning, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about my Dad.

I found myself on YOU TUBE... listening to some of the songs that were popular in the 1940's... when my Dad was in his early 20's and my mom was two years younger than that.

There were so many songs there... songs that surrounded Dad and Mom... way  back then. 

I was mostly listening to songs from WW2.  My Day was "over there" when I was born early in 1944.  I have a letter that my Mom send my Dad... showing him a picture of her holding lil ol' me... newly born.

The songs were almost all sung by Vera Lynn.  Some of them were... "You'll Never Know" (Vera Lynn, 1943),  "When the Lights Go On Again" by Vera Lynn .

They were followed by Ms Lynn... who became Dame Vera Lynn... singing After The Rain, and We'll Meet Again , and the incredible When I Grow too Old to Dream .  The list goes on and on and on.  You get the picture.

And then I found an interview with Dame Vera.  Dame Vera Lynn on GMTV .  It was just simply amazing.  You Tube... in many, many ways... almost makes the past "live again."  

All songs celebrated "the troops"... with the fervent hope and intent that they would someday return. 

It's quite ironic... how the older I get, the more my Dad and his memory mean to me... and the more I realize just how much he went through... to finally come home to me and my Mom... as we waited in Cleveland.

Comment balloon 51 commentsKaren Anne Stone • June 06 2010 03:39PM

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Karen,

 

We are grateful for your father's and all other veterans, who have and are defending our country. my dad passed a couple yrs back on 6/1 and with this month being father's day i think about him a lot as well. 

 

thanks,

 

Akil

Posted by Akil Walker (Exit Bennett Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing with us Karen and some wonderful songs!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 7 years ago

Hello Karen Anne, this is really a wonderful post. You are so right, Youtube has brought many memories back to me and made them so alive, so real!

Lesson here is to make as many memories as possible, keep those memories alive, and POST ON YOUTUBE, LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne,

Even though was a post-war child (mom was at the front military hospital operating on the wounded during the war), the songs of the war era stayed not only with her, but, strangely, with me and others on my generation.

They are ingrained in us and we are part of that time, which we did not experience... but we feel it.

When we rarely get together for the Victory Day (May 9th), we sing those songs, we know the lyrics...

And can you believe that on American site YouTube I find those Russian songs of WWII? Yes, I can...

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

Akil:  As i said... the older I get... and I am... "old"... LOL... the more I appreciate him.  When he DID come back... things were not easy for ANY of us.  My Dad, my Mom, or myself.  Call it Battle Fatigue, Shell Shock, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Whatever. 

I can remember Mom telling me stories about when, at 3 o'clock in the morning, when the "mail plane" went overhead in Cleveland... Dad would wake up, scream, and actually climb under the bed.  In his mind... he was still being "bombed."  And he had to live with that... his entire life.

And... for most of that time... nobody... and I mean NOBODY... understood.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Robert:  You are very welcome.  I hope you had a chance to actually listen to some of the songs.  But, then again, you may be too young to appreciate them... youngster that you are... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Andrea:  Yes... I was in a "mood" here, today.  You Tube is incredible.  But... for my, my dear, the time for making new memories, I'm afraid, is pretty much gone.  At least, for me.  There's nobody left.  The few who are... keep their distance.  A long story... perhaps for another time... or perhaps not.

So... last night and this morning... my friend You Tube and I... it made me smile some, it made me cry some more... and all the while... Mollie T Cat just stayed there.  On the sofa, and sleeping.  A lotta help SHE is... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Jon:  I would really LOVE to hear some stories about your Mom.  I really would.  Wow... operating on the wounded... on the front lines... during the war.  Just totally WOW !

And of course... those memories stayed with you, as well.  You are... your Mother's son.  That's the way it works. 

And... about the Russian songs of WWII on You Tube... please send me some links to your favorites... along with a story  about each song, and what it means to you.  Or... make a very long post out of it.  I would LOVE to have you share that with me, and with us.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Yep Karen Anne, it's most of us until we get a little (or a lot!) older to REALLY appreciate our parents. 

And I love to listen to music on YouTube - it's such a great tool for finding and listening to music!

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Kent:  And every day I seem to get older.  Funny thing.  And yes, I appreciated them more every.  Damn... I wish they were here.  But, in my own way... I still talk to them sometimes at night.  And... You Tube is great.  I have thought of things... and then thought... nah... it'll NEVER be on You Tube.  And... there it is !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne,

Just want to clarify how it worked. On the front line there were nurses, that we bandaging the wounded and getting them from under the fire. Those were the target and got killed...

My mom was a doctor at the military BEHIND THE FRONT LINE hospital, which was moving behind. The wounded were brought there from the front lines and they operated on them, but they were a few kilometers behind the actual fight. They had often been bombed from the airplanes, and were getting hit by artillery, but their chances of surviving still were a tad better... and she survived. Was Army Captain...

She has not been a surgeopn after the war. She was the pediatrician for many years, and later specialized in child psychiatry... but she never forgot what she learned during the war..

I remember once when I was very little, we were on a train and someone choked. There were screams, and she ran there, and the guy was already on the floor, and she grabbed a knife and stuck it into his throat, and opened the wound, and he got air... and then she got the piece of food and bandaged his throat. There was blood and it was scary, but in 10 minutes he was alive.

Difficult to imagine it here, with all the malpractice, it could be "wiser" to let someone die, than use unsterilized instrument in far from sterile conditions... but I guess it was easier than during the war, when a doctor next to you is killed by shrapnel, and you have to keep operating...

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, this is a beautiful post and tribute to your Dad.  It's funny how life works, we never know when these things are going to pop into our minds.  You are privileged to have lived to the age where we finally appreciate our parents, and also lucky that you have fond memories of your Dad...........so many children aren't as fortunate. 

Both of your parents must have been quite special to have produced such a fine woman as you.  You're quie special Karen Anne.

Enjoy what's left of your Sunday.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

John:  That is incredible.  What a story.  I am sure you could write a book.  Heck... if Sarah Palin can do it, so can you, my friend.  LOL.

Your mom sounds like a very special person.  That story on the train... was unbelievable... but in another way... it was not.  She did what was needed.  And yes, now... many doctors would be so fearful of lawsuits.  How sad.

And... so she was a specialist in child psychiatry ?  How cool.  I bet she practiced a lot of her theories on you, huh ?  Dubble Cool !  And I guess it worked... cuz you seem to have turned out pretty well. 

John... sincerely... thanks so much for sharing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Roger:  Trust me... there are many other stories about my Dad.  Many, many beatings.  Rage.  Until finally, at age sixteen... I stood up to him.

At first I blamed it on him.  Then, as I grew older, and realized what he had gone through... I slowly began to understand how scrambled his brain was.  Not to make excuses... not AT ALL !

But... I appreciated all he went through... as I grew older, and as my Mom shared it all with me.  And yes... I had never thought about it quite like that.  I am privileged to have lived to the age where I can finally appreciate him.  And understand him... if only a little.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Understanding and appreciation.................key words here.

Big hugs to you Karen Anne.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne-Thank you so much for making sure we all don't forget what our parents sacraficed for us.  My dad, who is no longer with us, was also over there during WWII and in fact today was his birthday.  I was a post war baby but I do remember hearing those songs.

Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne-I am amazed by the toughness of my parents generation...depression, war, few amenities and NO WHINING.Of course I did not appreciate them until I was a parent myself...I hope that my kids will have as good memories of me as I do of my Dad. Time will tell.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Roger;  It was really, really hard... to even TRY to understand.  For a long time.  But I did.  Somehow.  And appreciate... what he went through.  It was when I realized that if I had been in that same position... and had faced what he had to do to stay alive... I would probably have ended it all... right then and there.  I do NOT... think I could have done what he did.  In fact... I KNOW it.

Huggs accepted... huggs returned.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Kathy:  Wow... it's your Dad's birthday.  May I wish you a Happy "Your Dad's Birthday !"  These songs that I listened to... I only know about because of MY parents.  But, as time goes on... the last human connections with all of those songs will be gone. 

These songs are from the 1940's.  I remember them through my parents.  But... looking at the music from the generation before them... from the 1910's.  There IS no more physical connection to them... for anyone.  There are now part of "history" and no longer part of anyone's experience." 

I hope you did something to remember your Dad yesterday... and I hope you were surrounded by those whom you loved, and loved you in return.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Steve & Jan:  Yes... they were pretty tough.  I'm afraid a lot tougher than most folks know.  They just weren't "into" all the "conspicuous consumption" that my generation got all caught up in.  Sure, things were crazy back then, too.  But somehow... crazier in a simpler way.  Maybe it's me.

Sure... many families today... have sons, daughters, mothers and fathers... in the service... fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and who-knows-where.  And it is so hard.  But... just think.  What would it be like if on anyone's given home street... every third or fourth house had someone in the service ?  It was a very different time.  A very different time, indeed !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Thank goodness they now recognize PTSD and there is help for those suffering from it. Your Dad sounds like he was a great man.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm sure it was very hard to understand for a long time..............and it also took you a long time to learn to appreciate.................but you DID.................maybe not totally, but you arrived at some sense of understanding and appreciation, and you're a better person for having done so.

It was so different when we were growing up than it is today............in spite of all of the men and women who are fighting for our freedom right now.

Don't you just love that little Kathy Streib!  All three of us, reflecting about our Dads in the last few days.  Her Dad's birthday today, mine yesterday and you just having thoughts and memories last night and today.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, My Dad was over in Europe then also but he had yet to meet my Mother (well my Mother as a grown women).  She was just a youngster when he headed to war and I was just a speck in my Mother's eye as she likes to say.  At age almost 93 and 84 I am still blessed to have them.

My Dad was in the Army and drove a supply truck to the front line through the entire war. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 7 years ago

My Grandmother was born on June 6th 1910. She was a HUGE part of my early life. She would have been 100 years old today and received a greeting from the Queen if she had lived. She was in my thoughts all day too.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... Music brings alive so many memories for me.  I am not surprised that this music would awaken your memories of your dad.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 7 years ago

D-Day (June 6th) is a great day to be remembering your Dad, and especially with some period music Karen Ann.

Over 160,000 soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy 66 years ago today, launching an invasion that ultimately released the Nazi stranglehold on Europe.

Let's hope the lads serving today can be safely brought home soon.

 

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) over 7 years ago

It's funny timing you have with this post.  Last night I walked in from taking out the trash and heard Johnny Cash on Larry King Live.  Memories of my Dad came flooding in.  My Dad loved Johnny Cash.  Mom was more of a Sinatra gal.  Between the two of the them, Friday nights were full of music blarring from our console record player. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORSĀ®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

I love this....so important to appreciate what our forefathers (or actual fathers) went through. My generation complains over what we "don't have" and yet....we have it all, thanks to men and women like your dad. Very sweet post, wonderful to spend time loving and remembering your dad.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 7 years ago

Generations before us endured much to get to this point for our nation.  I'm so glad that Youtube provides video that allows you, me, and others to enjoy whatever era that we want.  Lovely psot about your family.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 7 years ago

Your story made me smile.  Most of my friend are older and when we get together one of our favorite things to do after dinner is sit around and sing all of the "Old Songs'  For them it brings back memories.  For me it makes new ones.  Thank you for sharing

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) over 7 years ago

Karen,  I am so very thankful that your dad and his generation were made of the metal that they were!  We owe that entire generation so much in this country. 

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) over 7 years ago

Barb:  PTSD has always been a direct result of being where the fighting is.  That fact that they are only recognizing it now, although it's great that they finally are, it is shameful that it took so long.  And yes... I appreciate my Dad more and more as time goes on.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Aah, you got me going now Karen Anne. My father used to sing and those songs you listened to on youtube were in his repetoire. My Dad was a serviceman and sang for the troops and their families when I was growing up. (Much to our embarassment as children!)

He sang long after that too. He was Welsh and singing was in his blood. I have a whole flood of memories when I hear tunes from the era you're talking about. Music is like that. It takes you back to a time and space and you remember exactly how you felt for the duration of the song.

Thanks for the memories...

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 7 years ago

Roger:  I understand what you are saying about being a better person for it.  Perhaps.  But it sure was tough getting through to get here.

And yes... you, Kathy and I... perhaps there was something in the atmosphere... sort of like a "cosmic" presence ?"

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Denise:  Yes... I can hear my Dad... bellowing... LOL.  He did have a decent voice... which spared all of us a lot of pain.  Wow... what it would have been like had he sung "between the cracks." 

How cool... that your dad sang for the troops and their families.  And yeah, I can see how way back then you might have felt embarrassed.  Sounds like you feel more than a little different about that, now.

My Mom was part Welsh.  Irish, German and Welsh.  Memories... some days... that's all we have.  And you, my dear, are very, very welcome.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Marchel:  You are truly blessed to have both your Mom and your Dod with you.  But... you, of course, need to let them know that you feel that way.  I wish I could spend just one more day... with Mom and Dad.

That must have been so odd... sounds like a good "theme" for a movie, with your Dad leaving... and Mom was a child... and then he comes home... and she was growing up... all the time he was gone.  How romantic.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Ellie:  Wow... all the way back to 1910.  My Mom's Grandmother was born in 1988.  She was the Irish one.  Hamiltons, McNamara's and McGillicuddy.  Sounds Irish, huh ?  LOL.  Too bad she missed the greeting from the Queen... but it sounds like she really WAS a Queen to her family.  Yes... you say she was in your thoughts all day.  But, ya know, I have a feeling that you were in HER thoughts... as well.  Anything is possible.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Steve:  Music has always been a large part of my life.  I wish I had pursued the lessons I had taken in the past.  Who knows... I could have been another Weird Karen Yankovic.  (almost five years of accordian lessons)... and taught myself how to play the guiter.

Oh... the memories just flow over me.  When I get "into it"... the tears flow so easily that I can barely see the screen.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

John:  I just love "period" music.  Funny how that works as one gets older.  You mention Normandy.  I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like.  Even after seeing films... it just boggles the mind.

Sure... we do hope the "lads" serving will come home safely... but please don't forget those thousands and thousands of "lassies" who also serve... and give their lives.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen, my dad was also a WW2 vet and he served in Korea, where he had some close shaves. We are grateful our fathers came home victorious and free. Great post. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 7 years ago

Karen:  I know it is an "automatic" thing to say... forefathers... but, as I mentioned to John above... we must not forget that our "foremothers"... and actual mothers, as well (for some of us) who so bravely served their country.

Karen... it is just absolutely crazy that so many have complaints about "what they don't have."  It really is.  When I remember what little my family had... which was just like everyone else... we were all happy as little clammies to have it.

Thank you for your kind words.  Our brave men and women have done so much for us.  Yes... this was a "sweet post"... just like my Dad.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Judi:  You Tube is just wonderful.  So many memories... very much like an audio/visual Wikipedia.  Just about anything you want.

Just for fun, today... I decided to see if You Tube had anything about the high school my  father attended.  It was Glenville High School in Cleveland.  The schools sports teams were nicknamed... believe it or not... the Tarblooders.  Yes... I typed that correctly.  Well... I typed in into the You Tube search... and there it was... tens and tens and tens of videos about the Glenville High School Tarblooders.  Amazing.  The memories bring my family back... with both smiles and tears.  Thank you for your kind words... take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Lesley:  If my post made you smile, or if it brought tears to your eyes... it did what I hoped it would.

That is so cool.  A great observation about your "older friends."  Bringing back some of your favourite old memories, and making new ones.  How can you beat that ?  Ya can't.  And... you are very welcome.  In my blog posts... I "share" quite a bit.  Please come back.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

It's funny, the things that trigger those old memories.  A chill wind nipping at your ankle, the sound of a train whistle, the vision of a child sitting at it's father's knee on a half empty beach, and you're instantly transported to another time and place.  Vivid pictures accompanied by all the attendant feelings pluck an experience out of the past for us to revisit and re-evaluate. 

It's a gift that you are able to see your father in a new light, distanced from the pain of growing up with his demons.  I've had much the same feeling regarding my grandfather.  Though it took me many, many years, I can now see the world through his eyes and not through those of a very frightened little girl.  His life was hard and I now know he did the best he could.    

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 7 years ago

John:  Not only do we owe that entire generation of men and women "so much in this country... ," in many ways we actually own them the existence of this country.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Philip:  Wow... both WW2 and Korea.  That is quite an accomplishment, and quite a sacrifice.  Yes... the old "close shave" analogy.  :)

We are, and should be grateful that our fathers and our mothers as well... came home victorious and free.  Thank you for your kind words.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Geri:  Yes... the things that can trigger these old memories can come out of nowhere.  All of your examples can bring back memories.  For some reason, smells... aromas... trigger memories for me as well.  When I smell the distinct aroma of lilacs... I cannot help but find myself immediately transported to over fifty years ago to the kitchen of my parents home... where I grew up.  There was a large, and very fragrant lilac bush/tree right outside the breakfast room window.  Just a smell, and zoom... there I am.

Revisiting the past... what a wonderful (hopefully, most of the time) voyage to take.  You are quite correct that it is a "gift" to me to be able to see my father in a new light.  This new realization took me from anguishing over just how he could do what he did... to now knowing that somehow... he had some pretty monstrous demons he was fighting... just to stay alive.  And believe me... there were many days... when I was indeed... a very frightened little girl, waiting for him... and just dreading his return home.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

So stinkin' sweet. So this brings me to a conversation I had with a friend today. I would never get plastic surgery, as so many do. I want to see my parents when I look in the mirror. Whatever is imperfect to the world is a treasure to people like us because we appreciate where it came from and would never cut off any tie to mom and dad, no matter. I love your posts, Karen Anne.

Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) over 7 years ago

Kristen:  Stinkin' ?  I'll get you for that !  LOL.

So, you won't get plastic surgery, huh ?  Neither will Sandra Bullock.  And you both need it so very, very badly... LOL,  But yes... what a great thought.  Wanting to see your parents in the mirror... what a lovely thing to say.  Have you told THEM... that you feel that way ?

Kristen... really... what a sweet thing to say.  You honor me... and it feels good.  Thank you...

Now... back to that mirror thing.  What happens when I look in the mirror... and see a little too much of my basset hound ?  Is that a good thing?  Not so much.  :)  But... seriously... what a lovely thing to say about seeing your parents.  Very lovely, indeed.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen, your remark on #49 made me LOL.  I've often wondered what happened to Geri when gazing in the mirror, hoping to see the attractive young woman others assured me I used to be, only to be faced with this image of a ghastly older woman with everyone's leftover parts, no doubt donated when they went in for cosmetic surgery.  The parts always arrive in the middle of the night when I have no ability to fight off the attack.  Now here I am, dealing with a wingspan worthy of a 747, a muffin top that could feed an army, a sagging butt and fat knees.  On the plus side, my eyesight is going.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 7 years ago

HA! You're usually sincere, but when you say you see a hound, I know you can lie like a loan from 2005. Although I will confess to your occasional growling, but we're gluttons for that punishment, it's like barking, but your tail's waggin'! I guess I haven't told my parents anything like that. Will Facebook do?

Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) over 7 years ago

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