Monday, July 29, 2013


The BRD is making a change in her life.  For 30-some years she has been making dental crowns of porcelain and gold and palladium.  Like her mother she has an artist's talent and designing new "mouthworks" for dentists was a perfect career for her.  But she has grown tired of the work and the industry has changed and she was ready for the second stage of her working life.

Her Beau Jack is a realtor of some 40 years standing and he convinced her to study for and test for her real estate license.  Not to sell homes, though that is something she could do, but to handle the endless paperwork that other realtors hate to do.  After some persuasion, she agreed to give it a try.

So she signed up for a series of classes that were conducted over 90 hours of long and intensive three-day weekends for several weeks.  After the first day she was despairing a bit.  The room was too small for all the students, the breaks were minimal and short, the bathrooms were too few and didn't always work.  But she continued on.  At the end of the grueling schedule came a test.  She aced it.

But that was only the beginning.  Now she had to take the state sanctioned tests to gain her license.  They are divided into one test for national rules and regulations and one for the Arizona state equivalent.  She studied and studied the massive amounts of paper she had already studied during the course.

Finally came the day for the tests.  She felt confident and, indeed, passed the national test with flying colors.  But not the state exam.  Her tester told her he had never had someone come as close without passing.  He said she was one percent below passing.  ONE PERCENT!

She came to our house that night.  (The test was conducted in Phoenix.) While disappointed, she was still confident.  She studied some more that night and again the next morning.  Then she went off confidently to take the state exam again.

When the phone call came, she told us she had failed once again, missing one more question than she had the first time.

But she said she would come back in two days, after more study, and try again.

This time Beau Jack came with her.  But he was not allowed to stay in the classroom or even the building.  He had to wait outside in a courtyard while she took the test.

Some time later, the BRD came out with a disappointed face.  She told Beau Jack "That's it.  I'm through.  I am never going to take that damned test again."

Beau Jack was consoling and saying "Now, now, don't say that.  You'll just have to study harder and put your mind in the right place.  You'll pass it next time."

She responded, "No, I'm never going to do that again."  Then she grinned and shouted at him "BECAUSE I PASSED IT!"

I would imagine there was laughter, a hug and probably a kiss and then Beau Jack said "wait a minute."  He went to the back of his car and came back with a chilled bottle of champagne and a stuffed teddy bear wearing a realtor's jacket.

She said "What would you have done with this if I hadn't passed?"

Beau Jack said "Hell, I've been carrying it around with me for three weeks!"

More laughter, probably more hugs and kisses, and on to a celebratory dinner before heading up the hill to home.

Congratulations, girl.  A job well done.


Tom Cochrun said...

Oh boy! Congratulations indeed! Bruce-a great story, well told.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Thanks, pal. Yes, we ARE proud of her!

Stephen Hayes said...

I love stories like this with happy endings. Congratulations to BRD.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

She thanks you. I thank you. We ALL thank you. ☺

Thérèse said...

Perseverance always pays. Congratulations to BRD!

Tom said...

Great! Absolutely great!

Steve said...

That is super. I'm in the process of getting a new bridge made and I don't enjoy it one bit.

Lowandslow said...

I'm impressed! After my second attempt I would have been out looking for some little over-acheiving foreign kid to take the test for me. Kidding. Maybe.

Congrats to BRD! :)


Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Thank you, T.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Thank you, Tom.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

The patient always gets the bad end of it. This too shall pass, Steve.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Oh, don't say that, Scott. I know someone who does exactly that.

Sharon said...

Congratulations to BRD!! My best friend David just finished his classroom training and is now preparing for the test. He told me he was surprised at how difficult some of things were for him especially the financial stuff. Being a former banker he thought that part would be the easy part.

The Bug said...

Way to go! I'm proud of her perseverence!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

I have it on good authority that a well-known realtor in Prescott took the test 12 times before he passed it! Best of luck to David.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Thanks, Dana.