Pop!…Goes the Bradford! And so much more…

Dear Reader:

When I pulled up to the house late yesterday afternoon, from keeping Eloise for Mollie to get ready for their trip, it was like the Bradford Pear had exploded blossoms while I was gone. What made the scene particularly beautiful was the ‘white’ on ‘white.’ Rarely is the Wild Plum blooming at the same time as the Bradford Pear …it has usually bloomed and is sporting green leaves before the pear pops out.


But that wasn’t all that had started popping while I was away…my first azalea bloom was smiling back at me when I went to check the garden. The violas were beautiful after I had watered early in the morning before leaving for Mt. Pleasant.




(Is this really February with temps in the 80’s and I am already having to water?…This could be a long hot watering season (s).


 Here’s a little trivia for you…did you know that Washington really wasn’t born on February 22? And that he was a year older than stated all his life?  It all has to do with a calendar…or better yet…changing one calendar to another calendar…confused…well read and be ready to win a trivia question/answer on Jeopardy!

February 22, 1732

 George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

(*That’s the quickest way I know to lose a birthday year…maybe it is time to change calendars again. 🙂

Yesterday was my day to keep Eloise…Walsh had just gotten in earlier that morning from work so he was exhausted but he helped me get the stroller set up for our first Boo-Eloise stroll. I had just fed her so I assumed that she would be lulled to sleep (like the other grandchildren) within minutes of our walk…it was not to be.

Princess Eloise was not amused with the stroller to the point that I ended up holding her on one shoulder and pushing the carriage back home with my right hand…kinda tricky but we made it. I think I will give it a little more time before the princess’s next stroll.

When I left to avoid the heavy traffic on Clements Road…Walsh was giving Miss Eloise a bottle and praying she would soon be asleep…hope it worked Walshie!


Mollie and Eloise are taking their first plane trip together…Mollie has a national Beauty Counter conference in Phoenix…which, fortunately, is also, where her little sister, Whitney lives and teaches. So Whitney is going to get to see her little niece for the first time. It should be fun. (In the photo Mollie is modeling their special ‘beauty counter red’ lipstick for the month of hearts.) Safe travels girls…and let us know you are there safe and sound!

So until tomorrow…Let’s enjoy whatever weather we have now and look forward to whatever descends in the future…it is all beautiful.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

This is my ‘happy beauty’ photo from yesterday…taken from the open car window while stopped for traffic at Five Points…the sun dappled through the trees so beautifully…but there is a mystery here too…examine the picture carefully and see if something strange pops out at 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 Pop!…Goes the Bradford! And so much more…

  1. bcparkison says:

    I try to only go to town once a week and this trip every thing had changed. the daffodils were every where,the tulip trees blooming .quince….my goodness what a difference a few days can make.


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