Another “Lil Tink” Mystery Solved


Dear Reader:

Half-awake I slowly walked down the stairs yesterday morning into my “Happy Room.” I blinked my eyes slowly and then rubbed them…the beautiful lights from the early morning sun’s rays, peeking through the shutters, created a dazzling prism.

I reached into my bathrobe and pulled out my iPhone quickly snatching the moment before it disappeared. It was as if fairies had flown into the room and sprinkled magical fairy dust all over this one section of the den, lighting it up in beauty.

It was then I remembered…Tiny Tinker Bell! Tinker Bell did it! Ever since Lucy, Anne’s sister who lives in Connecticut, sent me “Little Tink” (three years ago) to come reside in my garden, after a  visit to it, “Miss Bell” has disappeared on at least three occasions.

(If you have time…and didn’t read the first mystery about where ‘Lil Tink’ was found once before…here is an earlier blog with another disappearing mystery in it.)

“In Search of Tinker Bell”…The First in a series of Magical Moon Gate …    (August 11, 2016)

Lance, my lawn maintenance fireman at the time, rescued “Lil Tink” from being “smushed” under a concrete bench while cutting the grass…Eva Cate had helped look for her and was so happy…that I let Eva Cate take her home and put her in her new fairy village she was building. Over time “Lil Tink” disappeared again.

Then wouldn’t you know, while snowed in at Mandy and John’s a few weeks ago…I went outside to take a picture of the frozen lake and almost slipped on the ice. I steadied myself by their fence and looked down at my feet to check on the ice status and there…lying on top of  a patch of ice was ‘Lil Tink.’ Talk about a God Wink…this little fairy is only about two inches tall…how I found her really is a miracle!

I went straight out to the car and put her in one of the change holders on the console. There was so much on my mind when I got home, after more than a week’s snowed-in hiatus, that I forgot all about her while unpacking. When I did remember and went back out to the car…she had disappeared again.

Three days ago…my iPhone fell off the car console and lodged under the front seat…while feeling around for the phone…who do I pull up but “Lil Tink.” (“Two birds with one stone.”)

So I cleaned her up again…and decided to bring her inside to reside with me until spring arrives. I placed her in the Norfolk Island Pine planter…since it is miniature…it will provide a miniature forest for the fairy. (She must like her new home…providing beautiful prisms of light in my “Happy Room” on special occasions.)

*Tinker Bell really must be magical…she has survived being crushed under a cement garden bench for months, almost ripped apart by a lawn mower, frozen in ice and snow, and hammered with an iPhone falling on her on the floor of my car. (Just looking at her…you would never know what she has endured…it will be interesting to see how long ‘Little Tink’ stays put before she is off and flying away to new adventures. You go girl!)

Since we have spent so much time discussing the beauty around us…I loved Jo Dufford’s comment on the purity of the snow covering up the ugliness beneath it.

“...As cold and interrupting as that snow was a few weeks ago, it was so beautiful. It covered all the unsightly things with a blanket of white beauty. I couldn’t even see all those leaves in my back yard. Growing up we sang a song in my church which included these words: “Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” What a neat thought that God’s love can cover all our imperfections and make us beautiful too.”

Bill Dingle and I share a “God Wink” with the timing of the blog…We Can Live Above Our Circumstances (Daniel and the Lion’s den)…Bill wrote:

I just read this post. On the day you wrote this I shared a message at Auburn Heights Church entitled “Where’s your Face? ” about focusing on Jesus instead of our circumstances. LOVE you! Our family prays for you often.

So until tomorrow…”All you need is faith, trust, and a little fairy dust.” (And some beautiful sunflowers!)

My two items of “happy beauty”…magical light and sunflowers

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh





Since we were talking about the Pine Forest Inn the other day…I wanted to share the remains of the entrance to it still standing today. So gorgeous in the spring and in the wintry snow storm earlier this month.






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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4 Responses to Another “Lil Tink” Mystery Solved

  1. bcparkison says:

    I love when the first sun rays drift into a room or when after a storm they light up the distant trees. Just magic! And the entrance to Pine Forrest in the snow reminds me of Narnia.


  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Too cute…it is all in the eyes of the beholder!


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