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My Best Close Ever and Forever

These two are a lot of fun to be around. So the beginning of the story is neat to read, too. I always wondered how she was able to calculate the days! The secret is out...see the link way below! Need to talk them into coming down to Southern MD soon for some seafood and beach views!

This is a love story… so how do I relate it to blogging and real estate? I guess you could call this the “take away close.”

When I was very young and very single I was working at the hospital with a friend named Sandy, who was very bright and very cute. She too was a registered nurse just like me. Sandy came in one day and said “I’ve got someone really special that you have got to go out with.”

Well I had a policy back then: No Blind Dates. My social calendar was full. I said to Sandy, "If he’s such a catch why don’t you go out with him?" She answered, "I would love to, but he won't even give me the time of day." So I was intrigued, and wondered how she ever talked him into calling me?

Lee RomeThe first time Lee called we talked for more than an hour. I found out that he was much older,  he had been married, he was divorced, had a 12 year old son, and flew an airplane. He figured if any one of those things was a turn off, he would find out right up front. (I later found out he had a No Blind Dates policy also.)

We made plans for Tuesday for a late date to go out for a drink. Why waste an entire evening on a blind date? If we didn’t like each other, we would only have to spend a short time together.

 But then my plans changed. An old flame  stopped by my hospital (I was head nurse of Pediatrics and OPD).  We had not seen each other for a couple of years, Steve asked me out and I accepted. 

So I called Lee and told  him about my date. I told him that I knew this guy, I like this guy and I had not met Lee.  Later found out Lee thought he was lucky not having to go on a blind date..... but I think he might have been  a bit intrigued that someone would actually break a date with him. He agreed to Wednesday night.

Well Steve stayed in town another day and then another and asked me out guessed it… Wednesday and then again Thursday night. Again I broke  dates with Lee. We finally went out on Friday night for a late drink and what we both thought would be a short date. We wound up closing the joint. We talked for hours. 

Lee and MargaretLee and I dated for almost two years! But in his past conversations told me, he would not marry again, would not use the word "love,"  and was not interested in having another child. Now understand that I was a Pediatric RN, I adored kids, and wanted four boys! Two years we went out together, and two years I continued to see others. The more together we were, the less I wanted to be apart.

My friends were saying..  "fish or get off the yacht." I knew that an ultimatum for Lee  was not  the chance was  I going to push him away. When I was ready to have this talk with him, the words would not come out... but the tears did. This was a first, he had never seen me cry and was at a loss for what to say.

Then he spoke those now famous words, "You have to let me get used to loving you."  Remember "Love" was a word he would never use..

So with that one sentence, I started planning for our wedding. Lee never  ASKED me to marry him. Well, not until our 25th anniversary, and I still have not given him an answer! We have been married 14675 days. You can check that out at 

So how does this relate to real estate? Be prepared. Watch those signals. Really listen to those words. There are many ways to CLOSE the deal. This was my best close ever and forever!

Do you have a special closing story?




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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • February 13 2013 08:14PM


Cheryl, This is my favorite blog and was written in 2008. Today we celebrated 16,330 days and were engaged on Valentine's Day. Thanks for the reblog.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 7 years ago

Cheryl- I just finished reading Margaret's post about where they went today and was going to head over to this post.  Hope you're doing well. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago
Love Margaret & Lee's 'love story.' I saw her Valentine post and now I will leave my close. 'Good night all.'
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 7 years ago