“And I Would Walk 500 Miles”…

photo  Dear Reader:

I think we will get the last laugh with using different friends’ original artworks (instead of some old internet photo) because this painting of fall by my friend-in-law, Joan Turner, just makes me happy and sets the Thanksgiving mood like no other!

When I emailed Joan and asked if she would be willing to share some of her prints from her paintings with the blog…I started hearing beeps as her painting photos began arriving on Outlook. *Joan is the most generous person in the world and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in John. Thank you Joan for running to my rescue too!

Monday night, as I was watching Dancing with the Stars.…(I’m hooked)..I perked up as Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy danced their freestyle to “ And I Would Walk 500 Miles.” It was breathtakingly beautiful but it also made me stop and consider my own journey to date…and what happened last week.

The number 500 shows up in many places…like NASCAR…where it denotes the length of a race in miles or laps ….as in the Indianapolis 500 or the Daytona 500 or our own Bojangles 500 at Darlington. The number 500, thus, symbolizes the ending of a race or challenge.

I also discovered in my research that there is such a thing as ‘angel numerology’ where the number 5 equates to making major life changes…experiencing life through personal choices, and being free enough to stay true to yourself. By adding two zero’s to this number…(the zero symbolizes one’s spiritual journey)…a starting point emerges.

500…a beginning or an ending?

Some of you might remember that just before the “incident” last week I  told you that a wonderful God’s Wink was about to be revealed.  Let me explain what the “wink” was all about…

photo 3 (19)  A few months  ago…I was taking groceries out of the back of my Saturn…when I glanced down at my license plate and shook my head again in puzzlement.

Ever since I got this particular license plate several years back…I wondered if there was some cryptic message involved...Aid 500…Help 500…Was God telling me to aid 500 people? And if so…how in the world could I do that?

I remember I took the groceries in and put them up…then went to my blog and started reading comments…one was from a name I didn’t recognize…he said that the topic I had addressed that day had spoken to him and he wanted to thank me for my help.

Suddenly the light finally came on…AID 500.…..the blog, Becky…the blog! I could help 500 people through the blog. I glanced over at the subscription count….it was a little over 400 subscribers at the time. (some readers don’t subscribe…just google or facebook…so it is hard to get a total number but to be fair I just stuck to the subscriber list.)

I got excited…surely something special would happen the day I reached 500… but what? Last Wednesday… the number shot up to 499! The Ya’s were coming the next day for Jackson’s birthday and the James Taylor concert. I just knew another subscriber would appear and I could surprise the girls….celebrating together!

And then it happened…”John and Becky went up the hill to fetch another email…John took the blow…  Becky cried “OH NO!” …as the blog came tumbling down.”

So close…it seemed so cruel…one subscriber away…and all the stats were gone. The blog had been closing in on 300,000 views (another celebration)….now reduced to zero…and 499 subscribers… now reduced to zero. In a second…gone! All gone!

I pondered the meaning behind it…was the 500 supposed to have been an ending for the blog…I had reached the goal set on the license plate and had ‘aided’ 500 after all… or was this a sign that it was time for a new beginning…starting over with zero…a new spiritual journey closing in on the labryinth?

After telling my Ya’s the sad story of the past two days when they arrived…we all agreed we would go ahead and celebrate “500” …Libby suggested that the 500th subscriber was God…stopping me short from the “Promised Land” because my journey wasn’t over…I was destined to continue…

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 Then another strange event occurred yesterday as the blog officially went back up (the hill)…As of this moment (Quarter to 8…Dancing with the Stars is coming on soon) the subscriber number is already over 400…and counting…where did all these subscribers come from in one day???? It had taken me almost five years to get the same number ???? Thank you…thank you…thank you!!!!!

And your comments had me in tears…how articulate everyone is!

I honestly don’t where all of this is heading but I have no doubt that in God’s own time… I will find out. God is leading me…of that I am sure…with a leap of faith again…I am following. I hope you will too. How does 500 miles sound? Let’s start!

John Irving perhaps summed up my situation best when he wrote:

“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”

So until tomorrow…Come grow with me…the best is yet to be.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

* “Let it Snow…Let it Snow…Let it Snow” – Jackson left early Saturday to prepare to fly out to meet Matthew…spend a few days on Lake Champlain and then to NYC to spend Thanksgiving with family….the snow is following them wherever they go…I am jealous…would love to see some snow.


*While I was in my mourning period following the demise of Chapel of Hope Stories (Pt I) my Bradford Pear was drinking up the rain and turning even more beautiful for me…”Come out and Play” it called and when I quit pouting and saw the transformation I knew life is still beautiful…and I was wasting time bemoaning something that was gone. I was only missing out on fall in Summerville!

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About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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8 Responses to “And I Would Walk 500 Miles”…

  1. Johnny Johnson says:

    Mrs. Dingle I was as depressed about your blog being down as you were. Your blog makes my morning every morning! Your whole outlook on life helps me change my outlook and makes me a better person for that day. I only wait for the next blog to get my heart back in the right place. You asked how can you help 500 people? You hit the bail on the head squarely, by continuing your blog! I find myself uplifted by your blog every morning. I was sick with a bad cold and had just gone through burying my Sister, feeling bad on so many levels I read your blog and it uplifted my spirit. So, if you helped me through all if that just think of how you are helping others.
    Mrs Francis Towsend a former high school teacher of mine at Summerville High posted one of your blogs and I knew right at that moment I had to read more. I will forever be grateful for Mrs. Towsend post. Thank you for your blogs Mrs. Dingle, I look forward each day to reading them. May God shed his grace on you today!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wow! Johnny…you sure know how to start a gal’s day….rainy and gloomy outside this morning…warm inside my heart. Mystery solved…God is continuing the journey and I will follow. Thank you for taking the time to respond…means so much.


  2. Virgil Cordray says:

    So thankful your Blog is back up. God has truly blessed you with a gift of sharing love, grace, and encouragement thru your writings. I have such fond memories of the “good times” in Summerville. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.



    • Becky Dingle says:

      Virgil!!! What a wonderful Thanksgiving Surprise! It makes me feel good that you are on the other side of the blog…we are still a team again. Please have a blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for making mine!


  3. Cindy Ashley says:

    And guess what showed up today on my FB entries….. Your blog. Go figure! Glad to have you back.


  4. Harriett Edwards says:

    My Rebecca and her three girls have been with me this week. I did not know what was going on with your wonderful blog. Glad you are back. May God bless you with even more HOPE to share with so many others. Love you.


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