“It Doesn’t take a Long Time for a Long Time to Pass”


Dear Reader:

I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in the latest edition of Azalea Magazine but one article, Family Tides by Tara Bailey, really struck home with me a familiar ritual, as well as, I am sure many of you. Summer family reunions!

In Tara’s case it was and is the annual first week of their family’s summer reunion, at Pawley’s  Island, that still evokes nostalgic memories of the past intertwined with present-day anticipation and excitement over the family gathering again.

Annual family reunions become a living calendar and keepsake (In memorial) of the loved ones lost each year… mingled with new friends and prospective family additions. Lesson learned….no matter what has happened from one reunion to the next…life goes on. Sadness and tears, over the loss of a beloved family member, are helped by the sounds of communal squeals and  laughter of children… cousins, friends, and ever-growing extended family.

At one point in the story, the author/Tara Bailey/ made the astute verbal observation that: “It doesn’t take a long time for a long time to pass.” Her own children, now teenagers, will be hurrying to the beach (upon arrival) to claim the island as their own….as only teenagers can do. Soon, even this short stage of adolescence, will one day be just a summer afternoon’s musing of “the way it was.”

img_0146When my cousins, Marcia and Susan, came to visit me this past February it was the first time I had been with them for any length of time since a family reunion way back in the eighties.

Marcia, accidentally, left one of her scrapbooks and I have so enjoyed going back through it and finding the last family reunion… when we were all young married couples with small children. Tara is right “It doesn’t take a long time for a long time to pass.”




Mandy was the oldest and then the rest of the cousins fell in line behind….now they are all grown and married…many with their own children. So hard to believe!

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Tommy looks like he is close to a year old, eating with his adorable cousin, so the reunion must have been in the summer of 1983 or whereabouts.

My cousin, Bob and his wife Lou brought their daughter Sydney to the reunion… who is now married and expecting a child of her own this summer…a little girl!

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images (1)Today, many members of the family, will be gathering to celebrate my nephew Lee and his adorable wife, Vikki’s baby shower…the approaching birth of their first child in September. How precious family time is together to commemorate these special occasions.

So until tomorrow…Let us cherish and treasure every opportunity we have to share in our family and friends’ benchmarks in life….the memories that become the “keepers” for all.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Delights of the Day: Look at Harriett’s tiger lilies and crimun lilies in full bloom. Just beautiful Harriett….here are some photos of them.


Harriett surprised me, last evening, with a bouquet of these beautiful assortment of flowers and some seeds to plant. Thank you Harriett!!! I will give those seeds my best shot and see what happens!



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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2 Responses to “It Doesn’t take a Long Time for a Long Time to Pass”

  1. Sis Kinney says:

    Hi Becky,
    Loved your outlook on family reunions and get-togethers. Family is so very, very important and it seems the older we get, the more we realize this!
    I’m in Williamsburg, VA, babysitting this week for my youngest grandchild (who turns 11 mos. on the 30th). My neighbor (in the mts.) sent me a couple of pics of my beautiful day lilies that are just beginning to bloom! I knew they’d do that while I was gone. Hopefully, there will still be some blooms when i get back next weekend and I can send you a couple of pics; there were tons of buds out as I left, so I’m hopeful!! I LOVE looking at YOUR garden vicariously through your pics, and envy you the space you have with which to create the garden of your dreams!!!
    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I always love hearing from you and how you are handling your transition from lowcountry living to the mountains…so beautifully. My day lilies are starting to wane and yours are just coming into their glory. Enjoy!


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