The Shared Birthdays of Life


Dear Reader:

Has a whole year flown by since I got the call from Mandy (early morning on September 24, 2014) saying that she hoped I didn’t mind sharing my birthday…because Mr. Jakie was on his way!

Mind? Was she kidding? What greater birthday gift than to have one of your precious grandchildren arrive on the exact same day of your birthday! I figured Jakie had it already planned and we had beaten all the odds…. Out of 365 days to choose from … he chose mine! The gift of all gifts!

Brookie had planned to come from Walterboro to help me celebrate my birthday last year….we were on the phone back and forth last year at this time… since Mandy had already had one “false” alarm… we were waiting to see if this was really it. It was!

I went flying to East Cooper and found Tommy watching Eva Cate because John had just left to go into surgery (Mandy had a c-section) with Mandy. As the morning went on….more family arrived and we had started growing a little anxious by lunch time with no news….only to discover that Jakie had come earlier and everybody was doing good….the information just hadn’t gotten sent out.

The little bell “ping” that announces new babies finally ‘tolled for us’ and my birthday present began unwrapping as we watched Jakie’s first sponge bath and indignant squawks.

We were all holding our breaths how Miss Eva Cate (large and in-charge) would take to having a new sibling to vie for attention… but to everyone’s surprise…she was and is very protective and loving of Jakie from day one.


She told me last summer (when she stayed with me for Vacation Bible School) that she had been lonely before Jakie came. She wanted (actually a little sister-“Lucy”) another child in the house!




I had forgotten that a little thing called “lymphedema”  (swelling in the limbs through fluid retention…fairly common in breast cancer patients) showed up about two weeks after Jakie’s birth which made it a little harder to feed him but do-able! If there’s a will…there’s a way! And there was a will!

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Obviously Jakie managed to get enough nutrition and today he is quite the eater…where it goes in that long thin frame we don’t know but he sure loves to eat. Jakie today!

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As I was going down memory lane from last year…I started thinking about birthdays in general. By simply being alive  and on this earth…isn’t every day of the year, for as long as we live, our shared birthdays with the world….with everyone else alive at the same time?

I think every day when we get up…we should thank God for another day of life and sing “Happy Birthday to Me!”  From the day of our physical birth…our journey through life begins. The hardest part was just getting here….we should all be proud of ourselves for that first accomplishment…no easy task in itself.

It was and will be the first day of great adventures to come….let us never get bogged down in an acceptance of dullness, routine, boredom, or mediocrity….what a disservice we do to ourselves…our personal birthday gift of life…if we do.

So until tomorrow…Let us never squander our lives away and never, never settle for less than what God intends us to be. Happy Birthday Jakie….Happy Birthday Everyone! We are all the luckiest people in the world ….simply because…we are alive with possibilities!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


*I am getting gifts galore from my garden….all my moon flowers are celebrating life for and with me.


*Walsh emailed me this u-tube video on Chris Singleton, CSU baseball player, who lost his mom as part of the AME Emanuel Nine Massacre.

IMG_2238Walsh emailed me yesterday…letting me know that Chris’s story had affected his heart profoundly….and the story did the same for me. Just Walsh sending me this story was a beautiful birthday gift of love from him…the same love that conquers all. It is the strongest force in the world!

Chris knows it, his mom knew it, and all the world should understand that beautiful concept too. Then we all could say “Happy Birthday Everyone Everyday…You are loved!”

IMG_7436*This birthday card arrived yesterday from Kirk and Pam and I just howled…she looks just like me in my gardening attire and the card says: “Birthdays…You spray and spray and the little buggers just keep coming back!”  (Perfect!)



*A “shout-out” to Linda Schmidt who came on board the and changed the total number of subscribers to 650 …today! Perfect timing!


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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16 Responses to The Shared Birthdays of Life

  1. Anne says:

    Happy Birthday sweet friend!!!


  2. Sis Hagen Kinney says:

    Happy, happy, happy birthday — to you, to you, to you!! (courtesy of the old Chi Chi’s restaurants!) I KNOW you’ll have a blessed day!!


  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Too cute….thank you Sis!


  4. Honey Burrell says:

    Happy Borthday with many blessings my friend. Love you lots,Honey


  5. Jo Dufford says:

    “Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, God Bless you! Happy Birthday to you!” Now if I only knew how to find those little things like happy faces and music notes, it would be great, but unfortunately, Colby is at school. Anyway, I truly hope this day will be great and will be spent just the way you wish.


  6. Becky Dingle says:

    Surrounded by friends…calls from family…couldn’t be better!


  7. bpparker50 says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, sister of mine!! Ready to CELEBRATE🎉🎊❤️🎊


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Come on down girl…let’s do it…a little rain won’t rain on my parade…and the gardener in me loves it…perfect planning for my birthday!


  8. Johnny Johnson says:

    Because of all my back problems, pain wakes me everyday. The first thing I do is say Thank You Lord for the pain, I know I can feel and that means you have given me another day of life in this wonderful world you have provided for us. From that point it is all a down hill run because I know my day will improve from that point on. I am alive!!! I have another day granted to me so what can I do to show my thanks for this day! I may be awakened by pain each and every day, but I know I am blessed to be alive and well!
    Happy Birthday you and Jakie! Have wonderful day despite the rain. Just remember we need the rain and the Lord is providing it today. Good day to read and nap. Just a suggestion!


  9. Harriett Edwards says:

    Happy birthday my dear friend. Hope you and your garden are enjoying the lovely shower of rain we are receiving today. May God bless you.


  10. Linda Carson says:



  11. Becky Dingle says:

    Thank you Linda…Who would have ‘thunk it’…loving having birthdays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  12. Lisa Boyd says:

    Happy Birthday sweet friend! Thanks for sharing the video! Must never forget! Be sure to see the movie “War Room” it is life changing!!!! 🎁❤️🎉


  13. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    Happy birthday, dear friend!


  14. Peggy Franklin says:

    A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday toYou!!


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