All of the Above…

19 06 2013

Like many of my colleagues and contemporaries, I am a member of several local business associations and, as is a custom in many of those, we start each meeting with introductions all around. Unfortunately, a few months ago, I realized I had been taking more than my share of the spotlight by listing the many groups that I have involvement with and, I was feeling a bit self conscious. As a matter of fact,  I began contemplating what I might say that could concisely introduce myself, without a laundry list of activities. So, on that particular day, when my turn came,  I stood up and stated:

Good morning, my name is Hue Grant and I am a Homemaker!

Yes, as you might imagine, there were a few eye rolls and chuckles but, the great thing was, they gave me a few minutes, later in the meeting, to explain.

The thing was, I had, previously, always noted my association with my architectural practice and Judy’s veterinary practice, my position as the local Habitat affiliate President, and as a Realtor with a local real estate company; so, I explained:

 First, I am passionate about designing HOMES for clients, whether that be single family homes or condos or apartments; it gives me great satisfaction to create an environment for families to grow and nurture one another…

 Second, in support of Judy and her clinics, we rescue and foster four-legged dogs and cats in order to find them new, forever HOMES and families to become a part of…

 Third, as Board President, I lead our primary mission, as a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate,  to be the vehicle to provide affordable housing opportunities for qualified families to purchase their first HOME

 Fourth, as a licensed Realtor, my primary goal is to assist families and individuals realize the dream of creating “hearth and HOME” for themselves and their families…

 And, lastly (but so important to me), I also have taken on much of the day-to-day operation of mine and Judy’s HOME; yes, I cook and clean and do laundry and home maintenance and help care for children (two-legged and four-legged)…

So, absolutely, my friends; I, am a Homemaker!

A little schizophrenic,…maybe. Were eye rolls and chuckles still present…sure. But, more importantly, many understood and identified with my philosophy of the importance of  HOME.

As I’ve said many times, home is not only a building or a structure or a container; home is a destination and a feeling and a refuge to all that  we deal with in our daily lives; home is where family and friends (two-legged and four-legged) gather and celebrate and grieve and nurture one another; home is that special place, in our hearts, where no lock exists and the welcome mat is always out…

So, when you think about it, wouldn’t it be fantastic if we all engaged in a little “Homemaking”?

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