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My On-Line Legacy will be very small but very important...

One day I will no longer be here... It is a fact of life that we all have to live with. When I am gone, I will have two very unique sons who will one day want to introduce me to their grand kids or maybe their great grand kids. They will talk about our Active Rain adventures, the therapy sessions from Hell, the therapist from Heaven, the people  who were exceptional and kind to their mom and our family as we struggled to make ends meet and plan for the future. They will hear, read, see and feel how their mom really felt about life, love and business in general. Sometimes even with great specificity (LOL). They will learn that it is okay to be who you are whether people like you or not. They will learn that I was never ashamed to speak what I thought, or was ever ashamed of my quirks and issues, hoping they will realize they ought to celebrate their quirky sense of humor while dealing with their own issues as well.

They will have DVD diaries, digital film, and on-line audio-video blogs to share with their kids and grand kids about being a Realtor's kid. They will talk about how their mom drove and flew them all over this great nation and half way around the world to meet some of the kindest people she was blessed to ever know and joke that this was going on while she was teaching them how to become Realtors while Stephen still had his pampers on. They will read my best friends notes to me on my blogs, learn about the clients I helped to find homes, see their mom and dad dueling on the computers in the comment sections of Facebook and a host of other Internet social sites and will be the best of friends with their own AR buddies as we parents and our children all grow older together.

One day I will no longer be here... when that day comes, my legacy will be the love that I feel for my friends and family. It will be the appreciation I felt for the clients who trusted me with their own families as they transitioned though housing. It will be in full technicolor as well as black and white. It will be the best part of me for all the world to see, but especially for my sons. I blog because I enjoy it, and I enjoy having fun adventures with the little minions while we work through and live our lives. Everything that I do I do to prepare the way for my children. I have made a lot of mistakes in 43 years, will probably make more, but my kids are the best thing that ever happened to me and blogging about them fills me with joy.

My on-line legacy will be very small, but it will be very important to those who care about me and my family... It will be very important to my children when I am no longer around, for they will see that I shouted to the whole world how much they are loved.

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Comment balloon 56 commentsC Tann-Starr • September 07 2008 12:52PM

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You know what Carolyn, you are not only a good person but a really good Mom!  This is really a special post and I hope that it will be around in years to come for your sons to read.

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 10 years ago

Your on-line legacy has left an impression on me.  Thank you, Lady bug!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your kind words and your friendship. I've been saving my blogs to my hard drive as full web pages. One day when they are older I will let them know about the backup DVDs that I have been burning for them. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mel, you have burned an impression into my heart. Thank you, sweetie! With much love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Beautiful! And this is what we will leave behind....a mom who loved her children...and so evident in what you write and show us in pictures!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Thank you, C Sally C. I enjoy blogging about the boys and hanging out with everyone on and off line. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn - In the universe, your online legacy will be very small.  But in your universe, it will be huge.

You write from the heart and it comes through to us in all of your posts - we can feel the love you have for those in your universe.  What a legacy you will leave - your star will shine in the night forever.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 10 years ago

Virginia, your kindness warms my heart. Thank you. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

That was beautiful Carolyn.  Thanks for sharing.  Thanks for being you.  Have a great day.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Paddy. You enjoy your day as well, sweetie. Love, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, in the end all we can leave is our love, and those we loved and who loved us.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Gary, I am with you 100% on that. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C, sharing your online adventures has allowed me to become a part of your world, to know your minions, to learn about your community...that's a pretty impressive legacy if you ask me.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Lisa, thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. I know that I love getting to see your vacation picks and learning about your neck of the woods. Looking forward to coming for a visit. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cartolyn, that was really from the heart. I think you are leaving a fabulous online diary for your sons and others to discover. Are you still on your vacaction?

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

That was beautiful.  Warm, caring, sweet, kind & true. 

What great memories to leave them as it is sad how much we don't remember & I would have loved reading about my parents thoughts & struggles while my sisters and I were young. 

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 10 years ago

Carolyn- You are love and even if the internet disappears- your love will live on- ".....Love never ends" Carolyn- you are love and you are loved!

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Lizette. I adore your blog, love you, and your kindness means a lot to me. Mike is back at work but we will be taking another vacation together shortly. He will complete his 20 years with the City of New York 2-16-09 so he plans to stop working around 12-20-08 to run out his vacation time, which should last up until April 2009. Yay!

I, in the meantime, will be getting a lot of road trips in because I like running around visiting with the little minions and will probably start flying around to visit people on the West Coast in March. I'm hoping to get to see you during the Fall 2008 break (if I can clear my schedule with my first cousin's) and have my eyes set on TX for Nov. We shall see... The girls and I have scoped out Bennett House on-line. It's absolutely lovely! We are taking that puppy over when we come to KY bay-bay. I'm expecting lots of eye candy and foodie paradise spots for our list of things to do between your RE appointments (LOL). I also expect to take you over completely for at least one day. Seriously!  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Kristin, thank you. I appreciate your kind words and am looking forward to having a great friendship with you. I am very happy that you accepted our invitation. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Barbara. That's so sweet of you! I really hope the little minions do not wreck your place when we come over on our play date. :-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

That was an incredible blog.  Made me cry!  I have two sons also.  Mine are 15 and 18 and the 15 year old often goes to preview with me....

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 10 years ago

Jane, thank you. I appreciate your kind words and look forward to learning about your children through your blog. I enjoy when the kids get to come along, but that is not always possible. Spend as much time as you can with your boys for they will grow up oh so quickly... My little people are very self directed (LOL). They give the concept of "independence" a whole new meaning for me. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hey pretty lady.  I flagged this for a feature.  It's a lovely expression of your love for your boys and for your family and friends.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Carolyn - Your on-line legacy may not be as small as you think.  I would give anything to have such copious amounts of posts/photo's/video's and audio of my father.  Some day the boys will be able to reach out to their mother through your posts words and it will speak volumes to them.  Small?  I don't think so.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Susan, thank you. That was very kind.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Jesse, thank you for giving me a new perspective on it. I've a lot more to think about and so many options to choose from to keep them interested in what it is that I am doing. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C-you are leaving a legacy to be proud of! Your gorgeous photos, your take on life, your humor and wit...

Your boys, including Michael, will remember you as being their "SuperMOM" with every reason to. You are really something my friend and I'm honored you are building your On-line Diary here.

Hugs girlfriend,

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Deb, I absolutely love that you started Diary of a Realtor. What a neat concept. You are a huge influence on me. Thank you for being my friend, you are such a sweetie! Looking forward to when we can get together and have lots of girl talk over some really good food. My household is into Tex Mex, among a long list of other foodie paradise concoctions! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C, what a Beautiful and Heart Felt posting!  Your love, warmth and care for others really shines through.  Especially for your family!  Your kids are Very Lucky to have such a loving and active mom who takes them to see and experience so much.  You are an Integral part of the Active Rain community and I am happy to be yor friend!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

What a wonderful post!!!! As one mother to another, I hear you and feel your emotions. Thank you for entering the contest.

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Lisa F, thank you. I appreciate your kind words and friendship. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mana, thank you! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C- I was just about to write "love never ends" but my mom beat me to it.  Your boys and your husband are so lucky to have you.  You are love, and they will know love because they've known you!!

Posted by Becky Cook, Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate (EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Becky. Your kind words are really appreciated. You and your family are such sweeties! I can't wait for us to get together. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Beautiful and filled with love -- I wish I had your gift of words. That was truly heart-warming. Your love for your babies is clear and stated with a mother's warmth. Thank you for expressing in beautiful words what many of us mothers feel but do not have the ablility to put into words.

Posted by Raylene Lewis (Century 21 Beal, Inc.) about 10 years ago

What a love filled legacy!!  Thanks for entering and sharing even more of you with me.

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Raylene. What a touching compliment. Very much appreciated. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Cathy. You are very welcome. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C - Stephen and Noah will have a tremendous legacy from you, but you will be there to share it with your grandkids also. And even if the internet went away, that somehow  your online legacy disappeared, they would still have all those moments that you have shared, all those memories and experiences that pictures and DVD's can never really replace.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Big Mike. I love your perspective on the matter. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, I am just getting to read all the online legacies, yours was just beautiful too.  You are truly leaving precious memories behind.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Thank you Carole, I appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad C Sally C is doing this contest. I have read some truly lovely sentiments. The entries are all awesome! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi C, This brought tears.  I see your beautiful sons,  I hear your struggle and I admire you as a  loving mom, a Realtor

a wonderful person.  I too had a loving mother and those darling little guys are truly blessed to have a devoted mom.

God bless you all withHis choicest blessings Thank you so much for sharing what is in your heart...Pure Love

 

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 10 years ago

June, thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed the post. I love sharing thoughts about my boys. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Love that you added on the visuals... wonderful children! 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

C Sally C, thank you. The little people are something else. They make me want to be a kid again. They can find so much to giggle about and enjoy. It's wonderful seeing the two of them get along. However, when they go into minion mode, oh my word - my boys give a whole new meaning to the term, "partners in crime." (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I love this! My Mum and I were talking about how things change through each generation and it will be interesting how things change in the next 50 years. What a great legacy your children will have!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Lindsey, thank you. It will certainly be interesting to watch and experience, indeed! I know my mom and dad are still amazed at the way technology is evolving. Who knows what is in store for us to be fascinated and amazed about. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Your sons are beautiful...just like their mommy! They are your most precious legacy. I am really glad that I've found you. I like REAL people!

GBU, C!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 10 years ago

The joy of children is the greatest, it is one I know only through others, but hope that I may one day come to understand the pride that your post shows.

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) about 10 years ago

C - My mom and I were discussing that pretty soon there won't be anyone who HASN'T worked on a computer in some fashion and how amazing it is because my grandma wouldn't touch one. :-)

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Elizabeth, thank you. I really do appreciate your kind words. Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Jane, thank you. I pray that God will bless you with your own little ones some day. Children certainly make life very interesting. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lindsey, I know what you mean. Truly amazing, indeed... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, your children will certainly appreciate your online legacy and get to learn a lot more about their Mom that they may not have already known.  Just imagine if the internet was around hundreds of years ago, how much more we would know about all of our ancestors.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Brian, that would certainly have given history a new twist, wouldn't it? ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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