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People really don’t change no matter the year

I recently whet on a tour of a very old fort along the Oregon Trail and I found out it had been abandoned off and on for nearly 80 years. You see, once the fort wasn’t needed anymore it was leased out and sold many times over the years, but sat vacant for a lot of those years as well.

But, the thing that caught my eye was on the back door of the fort leading out to the ranch and back buildings. (Check out the BK in the lower right hand corner of the picture) You see it isn’t the BK that fascinated me because kids do carve their initials in to things all the time. (Check out any bathroom in America) No, what fascinated me was the numbers below that BK. You see that BK was carved into that door in 1932!

Initials carved in to a door (1932)

This proved to me that we really aren’t that much different than our grandparents. Kids have always wanted to make their mark on the world, impress their friends or whatever. The fact was that in 1932 some young person, boy or girl, thought that they should leave their mark in this world by carving their initials into this door. Now, some almost 80 years later, here we are looking at these initials and at least for me it has me wondering… “Who was this BK and what did they become?”

So, what mark did we leave on the world? In our own way are we carving our initials in the wall every time we write a post or post a tweet. Will those fade and will we be forgotten? In 80 years will someone come across our post and wonder… Who was this Todd Clark and why did he write this?


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Comment balloon 48 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 24 2010 04:41PM


Todd you are so right for everything that has changed so much has stayed the same!!

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) over 8 years ago

Oh, Todd. You'll still be writing blogs in 80 years. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

This is more than I needed to know!

My friend Tood descended from a long line of graffiti vandals!

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 8 years ago

What I wonder is whether our electronic "footprints" will leave a record as lasting as initials carved in a tree? 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family - stay warm!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

what a great Post Todd,,,,,, it is amazing that we we do what a parents did and they did what their parents did.  it is amazing.  we should all think about it.

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 8 years ago

It is funny to see something like this. It is so true that people don't really change. At the core, we are still the same. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) over 8 years ago

Dear Todd,

On Maui, I have found graffiti that is easily several hundred years old and friends in Australia tell me they have some that is maybe several 10,000 years old. Amazing that we stay human despite the march of technology, no?

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 8 years ago

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Human beings are really quite predictable, but you have a neat pic to prove that point.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd, I loved the photo and your message was certainly profetic. I think you are right , we are all carving a bit in that wall with each post.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 8 years ago

I hope that the mark that I leave lead someone to Christ. Great photo! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Whats that old saying Todd, kids are kids?  Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd - good to ponder on this Thanksgiving Day - what mark will we leave on the world?   Thanks for putting the thought in my brain.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your observation.  Yes, some things dont change and thats a good thing!

Posted by Curt Baumgarth, CDPE Realtor Serving the Valley of the Sun. 480 26 (Century 21 All Stars) over 8 years ago


Great example.  People don't really change.  How we relate to them can change, but it's better to plan on changing us, then them!!!

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Strange, I never thought that when I did things like that as a kid that I was leaving my "mark".  However, after reading your post, that is exactly what I was doing.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) over 8 years ago

Too funny! I wonder if they spray painted on trains back then.

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Realty One Group Cascadia) over 8 years ago


You're right about the internet. Your "initials" and mine are all over it.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

It is hard for people to grasp the concept that they are fleeting. I think this is one of the reasons I love my kids so much. Taking time to teach them is the best mark you can leave on the world.

Posted by Ross Quintana, Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966 (Real E Smarter) over 8 years ago

Hello Todd,

I love the message, the post and the picture.

Thanks for sharing with us today.

Hope you Thanksgiving Day is wonderful.


Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Todd who?

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk, Property Management & Sales Experts 951-217-6745 (Property Management & Sales at REALTY WORKS TEMECULA, CA 92590 (951) 217-6745) over 8 years ago

People want to leave their mark on the world in many different ways. I've seen similar marks or initials in buildings as old as 400AD in Europe...

Posted by Jason Rankin, 865.475.3236 (Rankin Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

With the volume of information on the internet, I wonder how much of this will be found or read by someone 80 years from now.  Possibly our great grandchildren looking us up.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

I often wonder if this will all go by the wayside, as other forms of communication take over, and ours is shoved aside like the radio, or the black and white...  will our posts still be out there?

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Todd - We leave our stamp everyday and do not even know it.  Someone will always have the chance of finding it.  The question will be, "Will the stamp make a difference?"  Pretty thought provoking post Todd!

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 8 years ago

couldn't see the markings that well but I get the message. Like to comment on the "free MLS" statements: my MLS is NOT free, where do you get 'fee' MLS? 

Posted by Fran over 8 years ago

Some things never change!


Posted by Jen Edwards, Broker Associate (RE/MAX Unlimited) over 8 years ago

Another thing we see is names hand-scrawled in concrete, some of it really old. Somebody walked by the jobsite when it was wet and thought it would be fun to have their name preserved there.

Posted by RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate (RE/MAX of Nanaimo) over 8 years ago

Great post!  As parents, my husband and I do what we can to leave the world better than we found it, and we hope that our kids learn by this example and will continue the tradition by instilling those values in their own children.  We all leave our mark on the world, whether it is a carving on a door, a post on a website, or a memory in someone's what you can everyday to make sure the mark YOU leave is a positive one!  :)

Posted by Rhonda Abbott, Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH (Howard Hanna) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd,

We make our mark on people's hearts many ways...through kind and thoughtful acts and through not so nice acts as well.  Our thoughts and actions determine the kinds of marks we leave on others.

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

I had the same thoughts as you did when I noticed initials and a date on the sidewalk outside of a rural post office last week. I wondered who the person was and what they were doing now. I remember hiking in a canyon in Utah and seeing images on the canyon walls left centuries earlier. People have left their mark on things for centuries, I guess they will continue to do it though probably not on stone.

Jacqueline Drake CRS

Posted by Jacqueline Drake CRS, Southeast Arizona land, farms & horse properties (Jacqueline Drake Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd:  It is so true that some of our more memorable blogs could be read and quoted 100 years from now, thereby making our mark on future generations as well  They are great historical documents giving flavor to the times we now live in.

Posted by Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996 (Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes) over 8 years ago

I have some of my grandfathers old school books from around 1912.  He drew pictures of cars and things in them - just like kids today.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks everyone and I do agree that I would like to leave my mark on the world, but I would rather do it through my kids than through my blog.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Great post Todd!  I agree, we must be the change we want to see in the world and be the person we want our children to become.  That's the best way I know to leave my mark of the world.

Posted by Karen Bernetti over 8 years ago

Let's all leave a mark of thanksgiving during this special season. Happy Holidays!



Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

A good bit of philosophy as we plunge into the Holiday Season. Let's leave our marks in the hearts of friends and family as we make good memories.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 8 years ago

Graffitti is our way of leaving our mark on the world. Since the beginning of time man has been leaving his mark on the world in one form or another. While our world has changed dramatically from generation to generation, somethings remain constant. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Kathie Burby, REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide (Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I admire your perspective thoughts of initials carved on material vs. our leaving our fingerprints on the Internet. Will the sands of time ever wash away our presence from cyberspace?

Posted by Jeff Markell, Branch Manager / Mortgage Consultant - NMLS 22416 (Land Home Financial Services) over 8 years ago

Well done and very thought provoking. Thanks for writing it.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 8 years ago

Great food for thought ... especially when I visited Old Ironsides today

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd, great message, thank you for bringing this to the AR family.

First, I think the MARK we leave in the world, is reflected by the reality of people who we grew up with...we are so accustomed to being overinfluenced by our conditioning and emotions as toddlers by the reality of our forebears, their class status, their social position, their spiritual views, the collective Matrix.

Next, as the journey unfolds, other people come into our lives to help us restore our wholeness, our balance. We learn to take responsability for all the events that have happened in our lives

We learn from our past, understanding that the MARK of the past, reviewing and working on the shadows of the past until they are all cleared, are necessary lessons in our life. They are part of our journey. We needed to learn a specific lesson.

Personally,  I am grateful to all those known and unknown friends in the universe who were there in the eleventh hour, who touched my heart and touched my life, who were forgiving and offered me another chance,  who allowed me on my journey to open doors to endless possibilities and guiding me to be more accomodating and see the grace of other people in their work out into the world.

The mark I would like to be remembered encompasses loyalty, freedom, love, abundance  and integrity. In a few hundreds years or even earlier, perhaps even as soon as we cross the photon belt we may communicate by telepathy, or some of us might break out of this linear time                       - into Soul Time. Thanking you for the the good mark inspitation.                                            Peter from 'down under'.

Posted by Peter Michelbach over 8 years ago

Great sentimental post. I look at some cement we poured at our house 17 years ago. In one corner are names of my kids, now a college graduate and college sophomore. Time flies, nice memories.

Posted by Michael Emerson (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Todd, I loved your message. What legacy are we leaving behind? Mankind doesn't change just the dates and time. I hope I'm more than the scratchings on wall....that's what I'm striving  not to be. Thank you, go forth and make your mark....with a smile!

Posted by Lynn M. Bower, PA, ABR, GRI, RSPS, AHWD, PMN, CNE (John R Wood Realtors) over 8 years ago
Hi Todd, thanks for that historical perspective. Regards, Leah
Posted by Leah Henderson (Asset Realty, Inc) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd,  Food for thought.  My understanding is that our blogs will be around forever.  Someday our issues will make others laugh.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) over 8 years ago

just part of life, and markin the ole territory!

Posted by John Whittinghill, Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta) over 8 years ago

I left my initials in all kinds of trees in Dania, FL when i was a kid, hoping that someone would see them and wonder who left them there!

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the interesting post. We all want to make our mark on the world.

Posted by Dennis & Terri Neal, Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se (RE/MAX, Big Bear) over 8 years ago

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