The Dingles are Home…

Dear Reader:

Moving Day! Strikes terror in the most courageous hearts! We all keep memories of past moving days pushed back (as far as we can) into the deepest recesses of our own personal recollections.

The last two days have been no exception for Walsh and Mollie. The closing went smoothly with one exception…all the last minute painting and detail “stuff” in the house still needed doing… the movers came with no where to unload the merchandise except in the garage Friday.

So yesterday the family arrived…armed and ready to get as much in as possible…The goal: Get the beds in and set up for Walsh and Mollie’s first night in the house. (The painters finished up after a couple of hours.) Thank goodness for all the help…because of it… everyone was in the house last night for their first spend-the-night-over.

While all this was going on…Kaitlyn and I took over the challenge of keeping the boys out of the way for the furniture going in….two on two…we bravely went where few dare to go…a day with four year-old and two year old little boys.

The secret is to keep them busy…easy for the little boys, not so hard for young Kaitlyn…a “vertical” challenge for Boo Boo! But we did it…park, lunch, movie, shopping, ice cream parlor and two sleeping boys returned…the best gift of all. (kept the air conditioner running in the car!)

First-Park: (I could have sworn they started down in separate slides…how in the world did it end like this?)


Boo Boo needs all the pushing she can get…my poor horse, I think, was playing ‘dead’ so I would get off.

We picked up lunch and headed back to Tommy and Kaitlyn’s hoping for a nap for Lachlan while we put a movie on…but with no results…Kaitlyn and I ended up in tears over the sweet animated children’s movie while the boys just tussled on the floor.

Then we bravely went shopping for candles for mom to light on her first night in the house. We left Marshalls Home Goods intact with no broken objects…quite a success story!

We finished up in the ice cream parlor…all four of us were gulping our ice cream and shakes down…tasted so good and deliciously cold on a very warm summer, early fall day.

Kaitlyn and I returned the boys a little ‘scrungier’ than we received them…but happy and blessedly sound asleep. What more can you ask for? High five Kaitlyn!





After I left the gang at Walsh and Mollie’s I headed over to see John, Mandy and the children…they were heading out for an early supper and invited me to jump in the car…so I did. Yummy supper and lots of catching up later…I was back in the car and heading home as the sun was setting brilliantly in the sky around 8.

I came home…wrote the blog…put battery tea candles in my sconces… laid down on the sofa…watched the lights flickering away while my eyelids did the same. Tired but happy…a good feeling to be needed…to be of help.

So until tomorrow…Mollie and Walsh…light your candle tonight…it brings good luck for the first night in a new home…casting out shadows from the past and bringing light to the future.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


*Thank everyone who has contributed thus far to the Race for the Cure. Bless you!


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 The Dingles are Home…

  1. bcparkison says:

    Yea…Mission success. I am so proud for the new house and you being able to entertain the kido’s for the move-in. What a fun day and being tired just proves what a success it was.Well done!


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