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Home For The Holidays!

Arriving Gate 12 ABIAHurrying through the ABIA airport terminal, I think I have timed this perfectly. Arriving about 5 minutes before the flight and allowing for baggage pickup we should be out and at the parking toll booth in under 30 minutes so it will be free! Glancing at the monitor, I see that the Southwest flight from Dallas is delayed and will not arrive for another hour. #%!*@! in my haste and excitement, I left the house without looking on line to check the status and also left my phone at home...What to do? I make my way to the coffee shop and look for something to read but no luck, it's the end of the day, all of the papers are gone, there are no magazines of interest and I don't want to start a new book. So I return to baggage claim area, take a seat to people watch until our sons flight from school touches down.

Our son was home a few weeks ago for Thanksgiving and it was an interesting and fun visit. We all enjoyed ourselves and when we put him on the plane back to Tulsa were relieved that he seemed to be doing so well while away at school at Tulsa University in Oklahoma. My wife remarked that she was so proud of him and how he was doing just fine on his own and did not really need us all that much anymore. We agreed and then the tears came; yes we seemed to have done a good job so far but with the realization that he is NOT our baby boy anymore. My wife's parents and my Father have always been an incredible inspiration and I know that we BOTH hope that we have in some way raised our children to be better people and to help them both keep their heads when all about are losing theirs.

My thoughts are interrupted by Willie Nelson's version of "Silent Night" over the speakers (yes this IS Austin, Texas) and the shuffle and clamor of people arriving to pick up baggage and meet their friends and relatives.I watch as people shout, laugh out loud, hug, kiss and exclaim how they have missed one another. Little children,  squealing with delight rushing to grandparents and parents, friends and lovers, husbands and wives embracing with joy. I see soldiers reuniting with families draped over them laughing and shouting. And tears...I see so many tears of greeting, happiness, welcome and relief. I read once that tears are the inability of a person to express themselves in words and for all of these people it is true! The airport is one of those places where there are many reunions on many different levels and never more so than during the Holidays.

The terminal quiets as people clear out and I am left listening to more Austin artists performing different versions of holiday classics. Checking the monitor, I smile as I see that our son's plane has ARRIVED. After a few minutes it changes to LANDED and finally, AT GATE 12.I start to get excited and move to the stairs and station myself behind a group of people so I can spot him first before he sees me! People begin arriving and taking the escalators and stairs down and I anxiously wait until I see him strolling down the stairs and looking for me or his Mom. I wait, just enjoying the sight of the young man as he continues down the stairs and when he finally spots me, he breaks into that huge infectious smile. As he reaches me we hug one another and while I am embracing him I feel the tears begin to well up in my eyes and I brush them away as we head for the carousel. I really cannot explain the way his mother and I truly feel about him (and his younger sister) so I guess the theory about tears is true for me too! We move to pick up his baggage and he says "I am starving and have not eaten since noon" so it's apparent he is healthy and normal. The funny part about all of this is that we will probably have some normal parent/child arguments over the next few days however, in the grand scheme of things, my wife and I are blessed beyond measure to have two healthy, intelligent, happy, fairly normal children and a family that that functions on a "normal" basis! (Whatever that is?)

We are in a time of great strife, problems and uncertainty. There is a lot of fear, loss and suffering in our country and throughout the world. I hope that each person who reads this will make the effort at finding some small connection to a person, place, idea, event or memory that will somehow help to magnify the glimmer of hope that this season is supposed bring to us all. I say this not to be unthinkingly optimistic but to remind myself as much as anything to be grateful. At times, I also get discouraged and have a tendency to allow a darker side to obscure my view and dwell on the negative. Our family, like many others is faced with challenges but we have it very good with so many blessings that our gratitude list overwhelms our troubles, doubts and so called problems. My wish for each of you this season is the gift of Joy, Gratitude, Hope and Peace. Peace be with you and yours (no exceptions)!

I am glad I had the time to wait and quietly observe and reflect. It did however cost me $8.00 in parking fees and...Oh, the parent/child squabbles that I mentioned might occur earlier? Yep, they started during the ride home from the airport when he began to criticize my driving! HAH! As, George Bailey would say, "It's a wonderful life!

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73 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • December 18 2008 11:43AM

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lolol....It is a wonderful life, Russell and for some people no life without their computer.

Hugs..and...Merry Christmas..Shawn

Posted by Shawn Davis Homes For Sale, Genesee County, Michigan (Home Crossings, P.C.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell-This is such well written post. I love it. Thank you for stopping over earlier especially in the midst of all the holiday activity. You are a good man Russell. We all have our moments where we let our minds go to the negative. Key is not to stay there. I know you know that. Enjoy your time with family and friends. It is precious and the time you spend making memories with those you love are PRICELESS. Merry Christmas my friend may your New Year be all you want and hope it will be. ;-)

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

What a nice AND FUNNY story! all families go through different emotions during the holidays and your seems to be enjoying the spirit!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell there is nothing better than being thankful for what you have including your family! Good to hear you enjoyed your sons visit.

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Russell, you put into words what so many people feel. This season does bring hope and optimism to the forefront, and we sure do need it now. And, really, family and friends are the only things that can't be replaced. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Terri Moore (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell, this is such a nice post and shows the "kinder, gentler" you! You may be going soft on us but that's okay because you really are a great guy! Happy holidays to you and your family!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Pat Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comments! I do not wallow in pity or worry for long, it's just not me and I am truly thankful when I remember all the thing in our lives that are good! I wish the same for you and your family too!

Jeannette It is funny and touching at the same time and I feel grateful that we are all healthy, happy and safe!

Bill I still get that way and will probably be driven to distraction in one way or the other before he goes back to school but the funny thing is he will probably feel the same way. As my brother says "We are not Ozzie and Harriet at our house but it's pretty good and it's real"!

Terri They say all families are dysfunctional in some way but we are fortunate that we have each other and a sense of home! Merry Christmas to you too my friend!

Allysoun Yeah...I know, it's bound to get out sooner or later. I don't always have the fierce competitive business side that many see! Thank you for commenting! Best of the holidays to you and your family!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, What a great post! It is always good to have the family back under one roof - at least for a little while.

Posted by Ross Plummer (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Peace be with you!

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And with you, my friend.  It's always good to spend time with family.  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORSĀ®) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell Only you can create a masterpiece blog out of a airport terminal wait.  What a pleasant enjoyable read.

I can sure relate how a mom and dad feel about their children.  They sure are our greatest gifts.  I wish for you and your  family many many happy memories and I know that love bond will never never end.  I get those teary eyes whenever I even hear my daughter's voice on the phone, let alone saying good by after a visit.  My heart goes out to the families who  won't be able to join their loved ones this year, our military and the ones who are finacially unable to travel.

Anyway thanks again for yet another wonderful blog.  Sometimes all it takes is a wait at the airport to see what is

important in the lives of the many....Love, family and friends

Posted by June Lewis RealtorĀ® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 1 year ago

Russell, what a sweet and touching story and it still had some of that mischievous humor we all know and like. I understand about teenagers but it is just that need for independence that makes them so hard to deal with at times! Happy Holidays to you and ALL of your family!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Ross Of course, all things in moderation....and then it's time for the "holiday hollering"!

Bruce  Thanks for dropping by, I hope the holidays are filled with joy for your family too!

June I appreciate the compliment. These thing just sort of pop into my head and then I usually write too much but I certainly enjoy the exercize! I completely agree with you Love, Family and friends views!

Erin Thank you, I know that you all have your own teenage challenges but I keep hearing it gets better!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I could re-live my son coming home in your post.  In my partiular instance though I was flying in from San Diego at the same time so it ended up him being the one waiting for me at baggage claim.  He doesn't get to come home for Christmas (boo hoo) but our daughter does so I will be replaying this scenario at the first of the week.  Only problem is we are putting her on a stand by flight so it will be a nail biter.

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Not only are you a good writer, but a great photogrpher.... Thanks for sharing those.

Happy Holidays Russell.

 

Karen David-Mohr

Posted by Karen David-Mohr about 1 year ago

24 days?!??!? Of course I am counting!!!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell - I had tears while reading this.  I am so very glad you guys have each other & enjoy each others company.  You reminded me of my family that get's on each others nerves alot but has a great time together and has so much love for one another.  I was picturing my father waiting for one of his kids and thinking the things you were.  The only difference would be he wouldn't express himself, my mother would have to do it for him :).  Glad to see you on the Rain Radio today!  That was fun!   KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 1 year ago

Russel, good points. We always have to look at the silver lining albeit the difficulty of looking at such a rosy picture in current conditions. Thanks for the article!

Posted by Castellum Realty - Lancaster real estate - homes for sale in lancaster county PA (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) about 1 year ago

LOL.  It is a wonderful life.  I get a good laugh from some of our family squabbles.  5 women and me at the dinner table is loud, too.

Posted by Heath Coker, Real Estate Broker, Cape Cod (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) about 1 year ago

Russell, I enjoyed reading your airport reflections. Sometimes, it's a good thing that we are away from our phones, computers and media...gives a person time to reflect...just as you did.  Thank you for sharing your emotional thoughts with all us and lending a little humor to it all.

Happy Holidays and enjoy that family of yours!

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 1 year ago

Marchel I hope she makes it inspte of stand by and I was thinking about your son when at the airport and watching the soldiers who were returning! Best of the holidays to you my friend!

Karen I can tell you are in a hurry! Your call was about my "Lady Bird Lake" post but this is a different post! Too funny! See you next week!

KristinI appreciate your comments and have not always been so "expressive" it must be the aging process but frankly, I just get these rushes when i think of my wife and children at times. My dad was a lot more expressive too but not until he was in his sixties and he more than made up for it! Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Nathan & Everard Good to hear from you all. Times are tough for just about everyone but somewhere there is a spark of something that hopefully alloews some grace into each of our lives.

Heath I laughed so hard at your comments. My friend, you sre so out numbered and seem to have adjusted well. Thanks again!

Gena I had not thought of how nice it was to not have a phone or laptop at hand and just some time to sit back and take it all in. Thanks again and the best of the holidays to you and yours too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, as always, thanks for keeping it real!  I found myself brushing away a few tears as you were brushing away yours while hugging your son. Thanks for your reassuring message during these turbulent times.

Susie

Posted by Susanne Lee (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

I enjoyed this post and it represents a side of you that we do not see often but I know you care for your family deeply. I also enjoy the fact that you manage to add a bit of humor to almost everything. I wish the best for you and your family during this holiday season!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

yes, with 5 kids in a blended family you can dang near double the excitement and the tension sometimes.. The remarkable thing is, if no one quits or leaves, then the family intimacy gets even stronger and more grounded in what is real..

The funny thing about when they come home from college, they don't tell you how much they are learning in school, but rather how good a roommate or friend can make "Beer Brat" dogs.. Or what it felt like to have college buds shave your hair and eyebrows..!! I get to hear some funny s..t from them.. Or a cigar with coffee at sunrise is really cool Dad.!! Am afraid to look at the grades.. "Just tell me you can go back next semester..!"

Have a good 'en RL and Merry Christmas from our family to yours..

Posted by Buster Spillar, GRI about 1 year ago

What a thoughtful and gracious post. It is nice to see that in spite of so much bad news these days you are counting your blessings. May the best of the holidays be with you and your family this season!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

What a thoughtful and gracious post. It is nice to see that in spite of so much bad news these days you are counting your blessings. May the best of the holidays be with you and your family this season!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

Buster You and I are so fortunate (and crazily like minded) I am glad for the gift of your friendship! We always have something to talk and laugh about when it comes to our families! Hey, I will drop by your office next week to drop of your demand request! have a good weekend with everyone!

LynneThanks for stopping by! I hope everything is well and wish you the best of the season!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Oh well here we go again with the holidfay cheer. Great I can't wait to be a part of it on Christmas, I'm sure I'll be in the middle of the family squabbles. Yes I'm actually looking forward to it.

Love Mark

Posted by mark lewis about 1 year ago

What a wonderfully thoughtful article. I hope that you and your family have a great holiday together!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

 Howdy Russell

Russell, my friend

I'll lead off by sayen - kids are always, their parents babys. No matter how old, they get.

Just reading you're post's, I sure knew you, had to be a good parent to your kids. It sure does make one think and feel, their kids don't seem to really need them as much anymore.

Merry Christmas to you and your familyBaker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

Susanna Thanks, this is really what it is all about and I just was reminded in such a powerful way! Thanks for stopping by!

 Scott I know, it surprised me too. You know us all to well and we are not Ozzie & Harriet but it still works very well!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Oh Russell that was awesome and certainly makes you think about what is really important. We certainly have the time to think about it! I plan on enjoying my family at home this year and am thankful and grateful for another year that we can all be together. I know those times are coming when they will need to be elsewhere but for now they will be home-and that makes me very happy! Of course, I am having a visual of you sitting in the airport "people watching". I would really like to know what was really going through your mind!!

Posted by Liz Newell, AvenueOne Properties about 1 year ago

Russell, if tears signify an inability to express my feelings, then I am speechless my friend!  I cry at the drop of a hat.  I teared up at the reunion with your wonderful son.  I, too, have a son in college and I can't adequately explain to him or anyone else, why I feel so much more at peace when he is home, fighting with us little brother!    Our love for our children is truly an overwhelming feeling.  I am grateful that I have them cluttering up my life and making me a crazy person.  I'm grateful to you too, Russell, for leading by example in all things.  Merrry Christmas.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Dear Russell,

You always write the best posts. This one brought a tear to my eye. as I am about to be the one greeted at the airport with hugs and tears and I can't wait. I hope your family has a wonderful holiday. I wish you peace and joy.

Betina

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Mark My real life brother! Okay what are you bringing for dinner on Christmas and you better not cheap out! HAH! Actually we are far from the source of any serious family dysfunction and so fortunate that we have a solution and not bogged down in any of that! All of us are looking forward to a visit from TIO!!! See you soon!

Anne Thanks, I know that all of your clan will be arriving too so I hope you are have as much fun at your house as we do ours! (I know you will!)

Dale Howdy from Texas my friend! You are right, his mom...oh yeah and me too were happy that he is independent but kind of sad at the same time. BYW I love the Longhorn with Santa Christmas illustration! You are always so creative in your comments and they should award point for that! Best of the holidays to you and yours! 

Liz Thank you so much, I know we both share gratitude that we are able to truly appreciate having our family near and sharing time together. In my case it's the "semi-functional" parts of our family that have managed to get through it all and still enjoy the gifts we get everyday! Okay...now I am laughing at you thinking about me at the airport. You know me too well!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, it was fun having you and Margaret at our party the other night. As always your were delightful and entertaining and most enjoyable. Thank you to for this moving article. All families have challenges but it's important to remember differentiate between what is dysfunctional and our "so called problems". You do have a good attitude and I hope it brings you prosperity and happiness in the coming year!

Posted by Dave about 1 year ago

Russell,

I just returned from driving back from ASU with Laura and certainly appreciate all you said. Have a wonderful Christmas, and if you need a break from the squabbles, you and MJ are welcome here anytime.

Give my best to the family!  

Posted by Susan Avant, Realtor (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,
You did something we all need to do more often - "sit quietly and reflect".  Being a Mom of a very young one, I can only imagine the emotions you feel when you send a child off to school.  My parents always say the most difficult part of being a parent is "watching them solo". 

I wish you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

Susan I do not know where I read that but it sure seems to apply. I guess that in spite of everything else going on in the world we are fortunate to have our families together and healthy. I am laughing as i realize that I am also grateful to have them making me crazy and even more grateful that my wife is one of the all time best Mom's in the world. There is no way our children (and our family) could have turned out so well without HER! I need to remember that always!

Betina It's nice to greet and be greeted by those we love, trust and care about. No matter what the situation. I am just very fortunate that I have it so much better that I think sometimes! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Dave I am so glad you dropped by. We had a great time at your party and it was very cool seeing you and your bothers all together. I sort of feel like an honorary brother with you all as I have become, over the years, very good friends with all of you! i also enjoyed a lot of new people and most said that you had "warned' them about me! Pretty funny and i look forward to next year too! See you soon!

Susan okay, that's pretty funny knowing you and your daughter. it was probably also good time to visit and catch up. You know, we really have squabble "LIGHT" in our family. Nothing too serious and certainly not the dysfunctional behavior that leads to country songs like "Christmas in Prison"! Sorry i could not help it and I am still laughing! BTW I just finished the salsa and will have plenty for you and your daughter...oh and your men too!

Cynthia You are so right and frankly it was inadvertent that I managed to give myself the time to actually sit and reflect. I need to remember that I always benefit from doing so! Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

WOW, so many great comments. I think if many people knew the real you they would understand that you are a good mix of tough but fair in business and always have that compassion for others as well as your family! Another great post and Merry Christmas to you and all of your family!!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,

I saw this posted at the top of the Realtors page but then it disappeared. I am still learning how to look at this site and wanted to drop by and see what was new at your blog.

This is so nice and does indeed show us that you are compassionate about your home and that's what spills over into your volunteer work in the community and your contributions at work. We are fortunate to have in Austin's real estatecommunity and your family is blessed to have you at home! I like that you give credit to Margaret because we all know that she is definitely your better half! Merry Christmas to you all! 

Posted by Suzy about 1 year ago

Russell, I am at the office today and though I already commented on this article just wanted say thank you for all you have done for our community and company. It is fun and crazy working here and with you and also to be a part of the best of the best in Austin Texas. I know you will receive some lighthearted teasing about your "softer side" but we all know you can take it as well as you often dish it out!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

I too am lucky to be blessed with two wonderful children, though I must say I am glad they aren't old enough to be running off to college yet.  I'm just not ready.

Posted by Christine Donovan Costa Mesa CA Homes Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 (Donovan Blatt Team - Donovan Group Realty) about 1 year ago

Yes Russell, IT IS A WONDERFUL LIFE!  God bless you and yours! :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler,Broker,GRI,ABR,TAHS,ePRO your Texas Hill Country connection (Ricki Eichler Real Estate LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell My Friend - Without sounding trite (no, not contrite...just trite) you are an amazing human.  I don't think I've found another person on A|R (although I'm sure they exist) who puts so much into revealing...little by little...the person who lives behind the name.  The pleasure is all mine to be able to call you FRIEND...thank you!  Merry Christmas from my house to yours.

                                              

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Allysoun Funny you should mention that because yes Ido tend to be competitive in business but am a push over when it comes to helping others and especially with my wife and children! Happy holidays yo you and your family too, see you on Monday!

Suzy sometimes the posts are featured for a short time in different groups and I am not aware that it happened lately but happy to hear if it did! One of the things I learned about blogging from Rich and Brad at Active was to just be myself and it has been surprising to see what comes out when I just sit and let it go, whatever my mood. I have thoroughly enjoyed "finding my voice" here in the last six months and look forward to what the new year will bring!

Scott Well do NOT get used to it...Just kidding. You know me all to well and yes I do have a kinder, gentler side at times!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

20 days and counting?!?!? I am surprised, it's been a lot of fun having him home and I am looking forward to Christmas!!!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Christine I waited until later in life to marry and be a father so it's been a lot of fun but also very interesting to learn how much you can truly care for your children! enjoy it all, especially this time of year!

Ricki I just manage to laugh and go on these days because we rarely "squabble' about much any more! Thanks Ricki and bless you and yours too!

Gail my good friend, thanks, I have been writing in a somewhat more serious vein these days but today i posted the weirdest Localism post ever so i guess the mischievous Russell has returned! I want you to know that it has been an absolute pleasure knowing you too!

Mattie Nice to see some semi-peaceful coexistence in the house! Santa is just around the corner!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

great story. thanks for sharing it with us all.

Posted by bieser about 1 year ago

19 more days until he goes back to school! LOL It has not been so bad and as a matter of fact even fun!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

You left your cell phone at home? ! Wow! -- LOL

Best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2009.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

I read this one earlier and it's a great companion piece to your most recent post about the Zilker Tree and the "almost" bad Santa! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Now this is quite the departure from your other "Holiday" post! Good to see all is well on te home front. Best of the season to you and your family!

Posted by Bill about 1 year ago

Beiser Hey man...thanks for the "generic" comment! You knew it would make me laugh!

Mattie so WHO'S counting???

Russel yes and my laptop too, which I rarely do! Funny but it worked out well to be un-tethered as they say! Thanks for dropping by!

Scott Thanks, it was a to have two pieces abut the season and I guess the Christmas meme made it three! Thanks again for the compliment!

Bill Yes, two completely different looks at the season and thanks for dropping by! Talk to you soon!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Happy Holiday,

I enjoy the Zilker Park post and I was 'moved' with your thoughts as you waiting at the airport.  We all have reason to be optimistic and recall the reason for the season.  Let none of become discouraged.  Peace on earth and peace, joy and happiness to you and your family.  Thanks for being a good Texan.

Posted by Charles Gardner-Realtor/Investor (Region Realty Inc-Greater Houston Homes) about 1 year ago

What a poignant story, Russell. Thanks for sharing it. When we see our children thinking independently, we know we've done our job. We probably wouldn't want them living at home again, but it sure is nice to have them come home for a visit.

Posted by Sharon Simms St Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (ALVA International, Inc.) about 1 year ago

CharlesThat's pretty funny that you read the "bad Santa" post first. I do have a more contemplative side at times but as you can see I am not much for middle of the road. Thank you for commenting and now I  need to follow up and see where is Texas you live and check out your blog!

Sharon It's so good to hear from you. I know you have been swamped from the move to your new office!  I appreciate your comment and yes it is good to have them visit but you are so right about moving home permanently! WOW! That would take some getting used to for sure!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, this article reveals another side of you that a lot of people do not know. You are a very compassionate family man! Wonderful story!

Posted by Suzy about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I think I enjoyed reading this a second time even more than I did the first. Well written and very revealing.

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, A very nice post indeed. Must be some kind of strange feeling to have your son criticize your driving, tho.

Posted by Rich Mielke, REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate (Realty Executives of Frederick MD) about 1 year ago

Suzy Thanks but you know that I have a softer side ...now and then!

Anne I appreciate your comments and compliment. We do get attached to our children so strongly that in spite of any differences we always love and accept them and they usually do the same...Thankfully!

Rich Thanks and though I don't care to admit it, my son is probably a better driver than me ! LOL

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russel I did indeed leave BOTH my cell phone and Laptop at home and at first experienced some anxiety behind that but just took a deep breath...I actually enjoy those times where you can just sit back and relax. Thanks again for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

It is a Wonderful Life -- i think as we get older in age family values/memories start to become more treasured.  I remember when i was younger (early 20's) i'd hop on a plane to leave my family and i didn't even want to embrace the moment or loving touch.  Now everytime we part ways i tier up and give an extra squeeze.  

Best Wishes in the 2009!!!

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) about 1 year ago

Mandy Thanks for dropping by! I know what you mean, I have always been close to my children but when they leave it's harder than I thought. My wife and I are still getting used to the idea that he is "independent" and that's a good thing! Best to you in the New Year!

Posted by Anonymous about 1 year ago

UH-OH. now there is something I have never done before. I replied to a comment without logging in! Okay here it is again!

Mandy Thanks for dropping by! I know what you mean, I have always been close to my children but when they leave it's harder than I thought. My wife and I are still getting used to the idea that he is "independent" and that's a good thing! Best to you in the New Year!

I think I might need a nap...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

How many more days? Just kidding, it's been nice to be together over Christmas!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Are you really counting? From all the fun you all have been having I think it's a moot point. I will say that I am going to be a little sad when he heads back to school next week...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Just think...one more day and he will go back to school!!! Ha Ha, surprisingly, it's been fun!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Okay! The coast is clear! I just dropped him at the airport so it will be quiet around the lewis house fir awhile. At least until he returns with a herd of his fraternity brothers for ACL

*UH-OH*

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Ah, time to get back to school and work.  Here's to a great start for both.

Posted by Ricki Eichler,Broker,GRI,ABR,TAHS,ePRO your Texas Hill Country connection (Ricki Eichler Real Estate LLC) about 1 year ago

 Ricki Thanks for dropping by. I think he was glad to get back to school after the long and fairly fun break and yes we are all ready to gt back to work after the holidays!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I just got back a little while ago from dropping my baby back at college!  He was kind of down over a recent break-up, nervous about the new classes and I got teary eyed as we talked on the way up.  When we got there, a friend ran up to him, almost knocked him over, he was that glad to see him, helped us carry his stuff in.  Mike gave me a quick hug and walked away with his friend talking and laughing, without a backwards glance, so, I am assuming he will be just fine.  It will be quiet around here with no one for his little brother to complain about.  But I still have his messy room to remember him by!  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

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