My first blog was about Esther Goldman, a wonderful woman who greatly influenced Jerry’s career path. In this season of joy and thankfulness, I would be remiss if I failed to share one person who changed my life dramatically. You’ve probably seen the 1991 movie “What About Bob?” and if not, you should see this hilariously funny story of a guy named Bob. Our family has watched it several times and probably will again over the holidays. The Bob who influenced my life is the total opposite of the Bob in the movie. In 1974 we were living in Stafford, Texas, trying our best to parent 4 young children (two little nieces in addition to our two sons). Jerry was working full time at Texas Instruments while attending night classes at college. I was selling real estate, and even though I was moderately successful, I hated nearly every minute of it. I could tell you stories about closings that would curl your hair. There were times it was easier to just reduce my commission rather than lose a customer. Rejection was painful, and bitter tears and a sad mood followed me like a black cloud when I didn’t get a listing I’d tried so hard to snag. Then along came Bob, one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was holding an open house on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t even my listing, but I agreed to help another agent. Bob and his gorgeous wife, Judy, stopped by on their way to a Houston Oiler’s game. They already lived in the neighborhood and didn’t need a home, but Judy loved to look at houses. Long story short: we became friends! As time went by, Bob became concerned that I was burning the candle at both ends while trying to be a mom to four. He suggested I go into marketing at IBM where he was the Branch Manager. The hours would be a typical 40 hour week with no weekend work involved. No way, Jose! I knew by then that I hated sales. So Bob got me set up with an interview for an admin position, and he made it very clear the ONLY way I would be hired was on my own merits. No nepotism! I was hired because of good typing skills and had a wonderful 14 year career with the best company in the world, with the best benefits, and opportunities galore. So in this season of thanksgiving, let me sing praise and pass on words of love and appreciation to 80 year old Bob Bowman, a man Jerry and I both love and treasure. Praise for Judy also, because she is truly that amazing woman behind the man! Now I urge you to take a few moments to phone, write or personally say thanks to an Esther or Bob in your life. Seriously!!!