Here We Go…College Football…It’s that Time Again

Dear Reader:

It’s Welcome Back to College Football Time! The first of September…time for whistles to blow and let the games begin.

First off…let me wish everybody a great season and lots of fun! I keep looking down at  my finger nails and wonder how long they will last…probably to the second game before the chewing starts.

Even when the weather doesn’t feel much like fall…there is something about the kick-off of high school and collegiate games that seem to force fall to seriously start reconsidering pushing in a little faster. First games are so much fun because the crowd gets to see all the new players we have heard and read about in action for the first time. (Hopefully with a lot of “ooh’s and “aah’s.”)

*My computer has been acting strangely while working on this post …sorta stopping in mid-sentence and refusing to finish the line…I thought that kind of thing only happened to the writer.

My computer definitely has pushed some kind of “pause” button that keep kicking in or is playing “Freeze Frame.” (I say this only because if it stops again before the blog is finished and the post ends in mid-sentence…you will know it was the computer (hopefully) and not me keeling over or something! (again, hopefully! 🙂

The Clemson game today is at high noon…like a famous shoot-out in some western movie…I love noon and 3:00 games so I can then relax and enjoy all the other games…dislike waiting until 8 or 8:30 for Clemson to play at night…I am exhausted from watching all the other games before they even throw the first ball.

It is the memories we associate with a place…a high school or college that adds so much nostalgia to the game. I still remember when Walsh, Mandy, and I drove up for the Clemson -Florida State game and had so much fun with Tommy and his friends. One of my favorite memories from Tommy’s tenure there.

 The next time we returned was graduation…wow…those college days passed so quickly.

I think fall, more than any other season, brings back our personal adolescent memories…I have felt more bursts of sheer joy in fall than any other season. I think it has to do with a combination of lengthening shadows and wonderful aromas (leaves burning, bonfires, crackling fires in the fireplace, new shoes for school) luscious tastes of heavy soups and stews, the touch of sweaters and jackets. Fall is just a wonderful season….cool and calm.

The string that was holding my HOPE letters on the deck banister popped during a thunderstorm a few weeks back. I brought the letters in but forgot to do anything with them…until the other night I was putting in a load of clothes, saw them, and threw the cloth letters in at the last minute.

They were pretty wrinkled when they got out…so I ironed (this doesn’t happen much folks-take notice) them because to my way of thinking…HOPE should never be wrinkled…but hang crisp and strong!


So until tomorrow…my HOPE for all of you is that fall is magical, fun…and everything you want it to be.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh (Go Tigers!)






…And can you believe September is here! The first day…so don’t forget to say “rabbit” first thing this morning (help your team out) and get all that good mojo spreading around..





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 Here We Go…College Football…It’s that Time Again

  1. bcparkison says:

    Game time is right. It is too hot but that doesn’t seem to matter…it is Game time.
    LA (Leake Academy ) had a home game last night and since the little boosters ( K4-2nd grade) got to run the field before the game and the little future cheerleaders ( my two oldest K5 and 1st grade) who went to cheer camp this summer all got to cheer during halftime of course I was there.. …Fun! even though they don’t exactly have their moves down pat. My 3rd grade grandson is eagar to be on the field as a player but it will be a few more years. Ahh….Fall is in the air.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      The future dreamers of cheerleaders and football players…getting a taste of Friday nights is wonderful….keeping their little dreams alive. Have fun!

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    We kicked off football season 3 weekends ago with the high school season starting…seems to get earlier each year. This weekend we headed to Gamecock country to babysit the grands while their parents went to the game. We had a marvelous time. Papa drove us through Rush’s …then to Chick Fil A…then on to Moe’s where we had a picnic of all the different venues of food choices…everyone was happy. It is so neat to be a grandparent and do whatever makes them happy …and then go home!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Love it….isn’t it nice now to just be able to go along for the ride and make life easy. Sounds like fun….so glad the kids got to go to the game! And then y’all got to come home and flop!


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