Call Your Mother... Call the Cops!

It occurred to me some years ago that settling isn't part of my DNA.  In fact, the mere idea breeds contempt in the depths of my soul.  Why so? 

I probably inhaled a little too much smoke as a child.  When I was 5 yrs old, my brother turned my wooden sandbox on the side of the house, then pushed me in and lit a match.  I don't recall who saved me, but I know my Mother was fuming! 

Everyone learned a valuable lesson that day.  My mother hid her matches.  My brother wears a permanent scar on his finger from my mother burning it on the stove (an eye for an eye, I guess).  And I became a keen temperature taker.

I like things that are hot.  I have to feel something to know that I'm alive.  Where there's feeling, there's passion.  And where there's passion, there's a flame. 

Raw passion comes from real friction.  When you rub two things together long enough, it creates a spark.  And it only takes a spark to get a fire going ;-)


If Your Life Isn't on Fire... perhaps it's time to light a match!



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Comment balloon 17 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • November 18 2014 09:08AM


We must be related because I can't stand injustice.  And my career is my passion, I think I could work 24/7 if I didn't like my sleep so much!

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) almost 4 years ago

I am a fan of feeling alive, but without the fire. I think I've had enough close encounters wtih fire.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 4 years ago

Melinda (Mel) Peterson 541-659-1620 ~ life lessons are great! And as you mention, living isn't the same if you don't have passion. Here's to sparking emotion into life and splashing around wildly with love and happiness

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) almost 4 years ago

Mel, I'm lovin' it! Without excitement and passion for what we do...what's the point?

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or almost 4 years ago


It must be my Libra gene... or perhaps a result of almost being burned alive by my bro... Catherine ;-)

I hear ya... Tammy!  I cried when I read your 'fire' post.  I can't imagine losing such precious momentos... you've been through an awful lot!

I think I'll toast to... "splashing around wildly with love and happiness" Jon

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto... Tom!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 4 years ago

Well I've supposedly died in a fire in a past life, and my cousin died in a shed fire because he and some friends were playing with matches.....I can't relate to the fire thing.  I can relate to feeling alive and having passion though!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 4 years ago


Passion is key in everything we do...those who aren't don't live well.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Boy you really had an interesting childhood Mel! I think it's very interesting how you turned a very frightful incident into a passion….

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 4 years ago

Passion is everything as far as I am concerned. 

I'm a little scared of your mother, though.  ;-)

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 4 years ago

Agree, you have to have passion, or life is rather dull. I'm convinced that we just scratch the surface without passion. I'm still trying to figure out where passionate you is living these days?  Bend, Grant Pass, California - a little bit of all?  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 4 years ago

Yeah, are a moving target...I'm with Debb on that ultimate question. So, as to the fire thing...well, being a redhead, it goes without saying...I had a friend in highschool who brought up her nickname for me from those long-ago days, "Flamin' Mamie" at our high school reunion this September--I'd totally forgotten. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 4 years ago

I just came over by way of Gayle and so glad I did.   I talked my little brother into putting a rope around his neck and jumping out of a tree.  My Mother and Aunt got him down and almost murdered me.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) almost 4 years ago

Hello Mel,  I came to visit on recommendation from Gayle.  Your titles alone are catching.  And I thought Gayle was speaking figuratively...but no you actually do call yourself the naked blogger.  Too funny.  I trust you will be having a special day with family and friends.  mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 almost 4 years ago

That is some tough way to learn a lesson. Thank goodness you and your brother were ok. Some scars remain many years later. Ah passion!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 4 years ago

Oh this is so NOT me, LOL.  I am more fearful than adventurous.  I'm never looking to start any fires!  

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 4 years ago

OMG... so sorry to hear about your cousin Sharon. 

Yes indeed... you two (too) are passionate souls Alexandra & Ron!

I could tell you stories... Paul.  I'm lucky I survived my childhood ;-)

LOL Susan!  She's walking with Jesus now ;-)

You guessed er'... Debb!  Gonna connect with you soon hot stuff!

Funny Gayle, I have a great-g'ma named Mamie ;-)  See ya soon hottie!

OMG Liz!

Welcome... Mark!  Gayle takes pride in 'exposing' me ;-)

You gotta laugh about these things Margaret!

I can't picture you as the fearful type Sharon!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 4 years ago

I almost burned our house when I was little( of course, by accident). It was really scary experience... Since that night I love fire only in candles, gas stove, and in fireplaces.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago