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Today I Am Especially Grateful To Be A Loan Officer in Maryland

Today I Am Especially Grateful To Be A Loan Officer in Maryland

As a loan officer in Maryland, I am blessed with a job that allows me to work my schedule around most activities with my 7 year old daughter.  I am blessed with a husband who takes up my slack in the evening and on weekends when most of my clients are available to meet.   

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My daughter once suggested, as I readied to walk out to the third evening appointment of the week, that I work only with people who work the night shift so I would always be home to tuck her in at night.  Pretty savvy for a 7 year old!   When I reminded her about the time I spend in her classroom, on field trips, or staying home with her when she is sick, she decided that letting Daddy tuck her in some nights was OK, as long as it wasn't every night!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse.  Today, I am especially grateful that I chose a different path!  

I am lucky to be able to work in Sydney's class every Monday morning.  I have been doing this since the beginning of the year and have gotten to know all 18 children in her class pretty well.  She is at a small, private school where there is only one class per grade, so most of the kids started together in kindergarten and will graduate from 8th grade together.   

Today, when I got to the classroom I was asked to be in charge for a short time while her teacher made a phone call.  Shortly after I was told that she would have to leave for the day.  The principal asked my schedule so that they could see what they could do to find a substitute in time for me to head to the office.  After her teacher gave me a quick overview (no time for a written lesson plan), I told the principal that it would be harder for me to try to  tell the substitute what was to be done, than to stay myself.  Yep, I volunteered to substitute.

Well I am here to tell you, being a teacher is EXHAUSTING!  The kids are really good kids, but they are not fans of having their routines interrupted.  Today was way more challenging then documenting 47 transfers of funds between 5 accounts, getting German bank statements and wire transfers into a mode that an underwriter would understand, talking buyers "off the ledge" when their 7th offer is outbid, or even dealing with some less than kind real estate agents!


Sydney's teacher, and the great majority of teachers must have the patience of a saint to be able to not only impart knowledge to our children, but to meet each child where they are, deal with many different personalities needs and questions and do it all while getting through the overwhelming curriculum .  I have never been asked so many times if someone could get a drink, go to the bathroom, go to the office to report a headache, or be told that I was not doing it the way their teacher did things, especially while trying to get through a lesson plan!  Luckily I threw myself on their mercy from the very beginning and asked them to help me to teach them, so that part wasn't so bad.  They truly did help!  I had one 15 minute break while another teacher was in charge of snack time (I took that time to return phone calls and emails), and one 20 minute break at lunch.  I don't know how teachers do it!

If you have a child in school (or even if you don't), I challenge you to volunteer to substitute for at least one day.  No fair just assisting the regular teacher, you have to be the one in charge!  It will make you forever grateful to each and every teacher you ever had in your life, those who teach your kids, and all of whom you will ever come across.   

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Teaching is HARD! 3 PM couldn't come soon enough even though I really love each one of these kids! 

Please, take a few minutes and thank a teacher today, write a note of appreciation, drop off a treat, send an email or post something on facebook.  It will mean more to them than you know.

Even as I sit at my desk at 12:12 AM, doing all the "loan officer" things I couldn't get to while I was at school, even letting Daddy tuck Syd in again tonight, today I am especially grateful to be loan officer in Maryland.

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • January 15 2013 10:47AM


We do not thank teachers enough and to walk a day in their shoes is a tall order. Our classroom has more children too.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I wanted to be a teacher or nurse too.  Funny.  I think it's that empathethic side with a keen attention to detail that makes us soar in real estate.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

I am very grateful, too, that you are a loan officer in Maryland Bridget! You are so good at what you do and always happy to help - even if it has nothing to do with Real Estate. It takes a special kind of person to succeed in this business and it takes a special kind of person to teach a big bundle of inquisitive energy!

We brought Allie's teacher some chocolates from Germany. She has been the most kind and understanding person of our situation - she goes above and beyond the call of a teacher and, for that, I am especially grateful.

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 7 years ago

Bridget, My Mom was a teacher for 35 years.  She often left for work early in the morning, worked late and brought work home with her and for a lot of years she would take night school classes in the evenings and on weekends to earn her degree so my Dad would tuck me in at night too.  Then there were the parent teacher conferences, after school help, staff meetings and so on.  I never envied her the career, I just envied the kids in her class who seemed to see the best in my Mom. 

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer LLC) over 7 years ago

Bridget -- thank you for your insightful post about how harrowing teaching can be.  I think it has to do with the skill set/temperment that they are blessed with, that makes for great teachers.  You have obviously found the profession that matches yours.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago