Listening With Our Heart

Dear Reader:

My little walking partner and my neighbor Vickie’s beloved pet of 17 years, Maggie, died peacefully during the night Thursday.

Our daily walks won’t be the same without the third Grand Dame of the team! When neighbors would stop to speak and pet Maggie we would laugh and say that the oldest Grand Dame ( Maggie) could still leave us in the dust.

When strangers petted and talked to Maggie Vickie would always quickly reveal that she was old and deaf. Yet Maggie always sensed our every move while walking and turned her head to check on us as if she could hear us talking.

When Vickie texted me yesterday to let me know Maggie had passed as she lived- quietly and peacefully- I thought that she was a lady to the end.

Vickie said she already missed having someone to talk to- even though she knew Maggie had been deaf for the past few years -I responded that the five senses are over-rated- Maggie heard Vickie through her heart!

So today I picture a young Maggie romping in the snow hearing the sound of icicles falling from roofs and trees, birds singing, and three Grand Danes solving all the world’ problems on their walks.

So until we meet again Maggie- hear all the new beautiful sounds of your new home!

It is still cold outside and still beautiful with the sun’s rays reflecting off the ice. And inside it is “toasty” toe warm!

Here are some more photos from snow day 3.

And our newest little princess Eloise was just happy to be home with all her family!

Even though this is the first day cars are attempting to get out…there is still a different stillness about snow. It is so serene it restores the soul.

So until tomorrow… Let us appreciate the sound of silence when it falls around us!

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh


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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One Response to Listening With Our Heart

  1. bcparkison says:

    Our fur friends do capture our hearts and leave a big hole when they are gone.
    Mt toes have been in front of the heat too. Spring is out there just waiting to arrive. Hurry please.


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