This past week I took three senior water aerobics classes with Steve (I fit right in with my need to move slowly and cautiously). At physical therapy, I walked "hands free" for about eight feet and was given the go-ahead to walk with a cane if I preferred. And, I had my first real estate listing appointment since my accident.
I didn't tell the potential listing client in advance that I'd be showing up in jogging shoes and getting around with the aid of a walker (I chose the walker because I knew the home had some stairs and I wanted the extra security). I told him that my husband would be chauffeuring me, because we had taken my car in for an oil change (I didn't mention that I still wasn't driving, since I broke my right leg). I didn't want the potential client to imagine that I'd have any limitations as his real estate agent.
When Steve and I arrived for the appointment, we both exclaimed, "Oh, no! Look at those stairs!" The entrance to the home looked grand, but daunting. Steve was especially worried, but I was determined to appear completely capable. The steps up to the front porch turned out to be shallow and I managed them with unexpected ease. I knocked and we waited. The home was vacant and through the windows it looked newly renovated and gorgeous.
Finally, the potential client, David, came around from the back of the house and said that unfortunately, he had forgotten his keys and that we'd have to reschedule! He didn't seem to pay much mind to my walker and jogging shoes. He said, "we can walk around to the back of the house and look in the windows. You'll be able to see most of the house that way, and you can tell me your opinion on a list price." Then he asked, "Can you get around okay?" "Absolutely", I exagerrated, "I'm just using this walker for support while I recuperate." We strolled very slowly to the back of the house, then I spotted the three sets of stairs up to the back deck. (YIKES!) I didn't let on as I winced in pain with every step up. We walked back down, across rocks and cobblestones and uneven terrain just as David's brother showed up with the house key. So, a tour of the inside began with yet more stairs and much more standing and walking. Steve was invited to come in from the car and he listened to my entire listing presentation. Talk about being put on the spot!
Afterwards, Steve took me to lunch and told me how impressed he was with my real estate knowledge and my sales presentation. I asked him to tell me again at least three times. I felt a great sense of accomplishment even though I was exhausted and in pain when we got home and I had to nap for several hours.
I haven't heard back from David or his brother, even though I followed up. I'll be disappointed if they don't hire me, but I know I did my best. It's been 10 weeks, and although I'm not completely healed, I'm getting there. I'm slowly re-learning how to walk. I'm slowing getting back up on the horse (figuratively) as far as remembering my real estate skills. I'm slowly thinking ahead to getting on with my life.
It feels like the beginning of the end of my broken leg odyssey, and the beginning of a new beginning.