Easter Surprises

Dear Reader:

My wish came true. I have been watching the Asiatic Red Lily for a couple of weeks now since Honey gave it to me as a gift. The buds have been growing  ‘red-er and red-er.’ Last night before I fell asleep I thought…“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were blooming in the morning…for Easter Sunday?”

 It wasn’t…but close!

I was so busy getting casseroles in the oven before church…hiding eggs and getting dressed that it completely slipped my mind to check again on its status. After everyone left yesterday afternoon…I went back out on the deck to clean up the children’s plates and pick up left-over Easter egg hunt bric-a brac. As I was cleaning up the deck table (that the lilies were on) there it was… one bud, mysteriously, during the day (without any of us seeing it) had popped open! I had gotten my Easter Surprise…my miracle! And how beautiful!


I think all the good luck started with my first sighting of the day while I was hiding eggs…Sammy, the cardinal, and his wife perched on the side fence and chirped away at me…as if wishing me a ‘Happy Easter.’ *And I remembered to say “Rabbit” first thing yesterday morning! :)April 1 !

A milestone at church …Jakie made it through the whole church service without having to leave. He announced to anyone interested (within hearing distance) that he was really “good” during the children’s sermon…and he was. He helped me decorate the flower cross with a flowery gift from Michele Jones… accompanied by Eva Cate.


Another “surprise”… all the grandchildren had done a good deed for someone in need and their magical seeds produced lollipops. Imagine!

I have decided little ones never eat Easter lunch…they are way too excited about opening Easter baskets, eating sweets, and waiting impatiently on the hunt. For the little little ones some directional markers helped the hunt move briskly along.

Rutledge was the first to find his “gold egg”…his $1 dollar bill.

*Marcia…the children loved the cookies…Jakie fell and dropped his on the steps… Lachlan found it later while leaving and finished it off…they might not be “kissing” cousins….just simply ‘dual time-share cookie eaters.’ (Mollie and I half’ed one…and then another one and so on.)

Kaitlyn sent some Easter pictures of their day in Chattanooga…I hope for one and all it was a glorious day! (Even three little doggies)


Poor little Jakie fell going down the porch steps and left with a puffy bruised eye…hated he left sad…he was so happy today and proud of his conduct! He will be fine…a bit of a shiner…but Jakie is tough…just ask him!



So until tomorrow…Father lead us safely though each day…helping us meet surprises head-on…the good and the not-so-good surprises…because sometimes, every once in a while,  a red lily blossom surprise can take one’s breath away.

“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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6 Responses to Easter Surprises

  1. What a wonderful and heart-warming post. Beautiful pictures.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you so much…sometimes I think I must bore people with my family pictures…like being stuck watching someone else’s home movies…but so glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Jo Dufford says:

    Wonderful Day! Beautiful family! Special Grandmother (Boo)!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      You are too sweet Jo and all I see when I see you is grandmother extraordinaire…if I have half the close relationship with Eva Cate and Eloise as you have with your granddaughter, Colby, I will be happy.


  3. bcparkison says:

    The lily is beautiful. Tell Jakie how sorry I am he has a bobo Otherwise it looks like a grand time was had by all.


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