- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
D is for DUMPED
What happened, you wonder. Well, she is a real estate agent and I thought we could work together to find a new house for me and my daughter & her family. My friend was pissed that my daughter was able to sell her home privately - so she lost out on commission there. Then after the family had been living with me for a few months, we all came to the conclusion that between the cost of housing and our realization that it would be better for us to live separately, my daughter and I worked something out so they can buy my house and I will buy a condo nearby. So - no commission there.
My friend was then supposed to help me find a condo. She showed me one - and was duly pissed off again that I did not like it. After that, the only communication with her was her telling me to do "drive-bys" to check places out and telling me that I would have to offer "over asking" in order to get something decent.
I decided to go looking on my own. I researched a nearby community and saw about 5 condos here in my own village without her. One condo was way over my price point, but it sounded intriguing so I decided to call the real estate agent with the listing to take a look. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. It was absolutely perfect! So...what do I do?
I threw a number out to the listing agent, expecting him to say "No, not enough." However, he felt it was a very good offer and wanted to write it up immediately. So, I did it. Within 45 minutes, we had a deal. I did not feel guilty because I felt my friend had not been working for me, but for herself. I know she wouldn't have written an offer even at asking price; instead, she would've insisted on going over, and I refused to do that. The deal I got was better than I know I would have got through my friend and I prepared myself to tell her.
I called her the very next morning and invited her to lunch - my treat. We had not even started to eat when I told her I had news. Her reaction was "What? I'm sick! How could you do that?" and promptly walked out! She wouldn't listen to what happened nor did she hear me say that I was prepared to pay her for her services thus far. She Facebook pm'd me later telling me what a "sad way to end a friendship" and that what I did was beyond comprehension. She also said it wasn't about her commission, but later emailed me going on and on about exactly that.
Then she dumped me on Facebook and put some nasty stuff on one of my son-in-law's posts, to which he responded when he should have simply ignored it. Then she deleted her comment to make it look like my SIL had said something nasty about her. Today her daughter saw it and she's now demanding explanations and using the worst curse words in her comments.
I have deleted it all and am not commenting. In my mind, I think how I could go to the agency where she works and report her unprofessional behaviour. But I don't want to do that. I am hoping that in a few weeks, she might decide that she overreacted and maybe there was good reason why I went ahead without her. If she apologizes, I will accept her apology. But sadly, the friendship we had is, I believe, destroyed for good.
In ending, I'd like to share a quote from the book "The Light Between Oceans" that I just finished the other day. It's about the choices we make in life and how much easier it is to forgive. Like the song says, "let it go..." and move on with life instead of dwelling in the misery of hatred.