Being Thankful for Life…

Dear Reader:

I love this painting from Kelly Rae Roberts…all of her artworks are whimsical with a hidden truth within. And oh, how I do thank life each and every day.

Lately…it has been little side trips around the neighborhood and town that have made me smile and fall in love with Summerville all over again…it doesn’t take much…beautiful flowers beside someone’s mailbox, a surprise sighting of a “Little Free Library,” Nala and friends…(some who come in very small packages) Victorian-style bandstands, smores on an autumn night, and another moon flower blooming right outside my window. Life is so good!

Come with me as I share some of my ‘life’s little extras” from this past week.

Vickie and I  rode over (early last Sunday morning) to Tea Farm for her to show me the shell gingers blooming beside the mail box (with such a delicious aroma) along with the purple Moses-in-the cradle plants and Mexican petunias.) Soft and enticing…a little like a gardenia but not as “in your face” strong. I am so hoping that my variegated shell ginger blooms this fall…fingers crossed! I want to be able to open the window while typing on my blog and smell the sweet aroma. What a way to start the week.

Tuesday I was coming home from an appointment and cut through the back streets of Summerville…like the way I used to go while traveling back and forth to Alston Middle School (where I taught for almost 30 years.)

Suddenly there was a white “Little Free Library”  (Take a book, Leave a book or both) on the right hand of the road…It had been erected…based on the honor system…I wasn’t expecting it and found myself smiling at the thought…I must take a few of my books to put in it!

Then yesterday Tommy and Kaitlyn came by and we went to lunch to celebrate their ( August 31) one-year engagement date. What a lot has gone on this past year…wedding, marriage, and an amazing trip to Ireland! Happy Engagement Anniversary!

We stopped by Anne’s for Kaitlyn to get some more solar eclipse postcards while she was in town…Pip and Atticus played with Nala…all three were curious….Nala thinking ‘what are they?’ and Pip and Atticus thinking they were in the land of giants. It was interesting to observe. Curiosity won out!

We went to Oscars for lunch and afterwards drove through Daniel’s Orchard….I absolutely love the Victorian-style Bandstand built in their “village green”…*That is what I wish we had in Hutchinson Square…can’t you see it all lit up at night with little white lights-music playing, announcements being made…awards given…a central platform for the town. Decorated tastefully for the holidays….another way to bring the residents back downtown and have a platform on which to be seen and heard (Kaitlyn said it looked like the bandstand in the television series- The Gilmore Girls.)

Daniel’s Orchard also has a fire pit for  crip autumn nights and delicious smores….yum! yum!

Every day I see something different in my town that brings a smile to my face.




This moon flower bloom popped out around 5:30 yesterday afternoon while I was typing my blog…one minute it wasn’t there…when I looked again…it was. What a miraculous surprise on a late warm August afternoon!

 So until tomorrow…Let us recognize that every day is a treasure to bury in our memories.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*There it is the “Red Robin Baron” of Miler….he is bombarding me again (well the side of my car with the mirror) ….that bird has been stalking me since early spring. I mean really! Give it up! Find another pastime than looking in the mirror…try golf or something. He might be small….but he is devious!

*So glad this author didn’t add “criminal cardinals” to this list…Whew!

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 Being Thankful for Life…

  1. bcparkison says:

    I love the idea of the little book box, but wonder how weather proof they are. I did notice the latch wasn’t in place. All those books getting wet would be not so good. And the bandstand…love them. Here they are called gazebo’s (sp?) . There is one in Carthage and in Walnut Grove. Adds a lot to the’ little town’ effect.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Beautiful pictures. ..where is Daniel Orchard. ..we will have to take a drive there soon.

    On Aug 27, 2017 6:01 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: I love this painting from Kelly Rae > Roberts…all of her artworks are whimsical with a hidden truth within. And > oh, how I do thank life each and every day. Lately…it has been little > side trips around the neighborhood and town that” >


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