Grow Through What You Go Through

Dear Reader:

After reflecting on the past three crazy days (Friday – Sunday) I realize that I have been given an opportunity to grow as an individual…to face obstacles head on and learn from them.

Tomorrow I am having Mohs surgery to remove some squamous cells from my left foot. I have had a “boo boo owie”  on my left foot (right beside my ankle) that has not responded to the usual anti-bacterial medicine my primary doctor prescribed. At my last visit she decided it was time to get it checked out and biopsied by a dermatologist.

I was supposed to get a report back in two weeks, but due to the closings from Hurricane Florence it took three weeks for a call and it came the day (September 25) my car was stolen for the first time. Needless to say the call got lost in all the commotion…but finally last week we connected and got the surgery set up for tomorrow in Mt. Pleasant.

My daughter Mandy is going with me since (as many of you know who have had this procedure) it could turn out to be a longer day than expected based on the results. My hope, of course, it that it can removed the ‘first time at bat.’

I had big plans to chill this past weekend and “baby” the foot but that didn’t come into the fruition after realizing my car had been stolen again Friday night. On the bright side, however, I had no time to think about the foot procedure for all the new facts arising from the case…and that is always a good thing!

The damage to my car is considerably more than I first thought… seeing the car in the middle of the night under street lamps. By daylight the front panels are dented and bashed, the radiator exposed, the light fixtures broken…..Another discovery emerged when Luke and Chelsea looked at the car…Luke found hair stuck to the front of the car…deer hair. Apparently my car burglar hit a deer sometime throughout the weekend.

Today I hope to have the car assessed…it looks like it will probably be deemed “totaled” due to the age and net worth (less) of the car. If this proves true…I will miss the “Vue” terribly…she has carried me safely to and fro life’s events… for over a decade.

I have learned lots from these two incidents….I am more knowledgeable about police procedures in a stolen vehicle case but even more importantly I have learned about human kindness from police who work on the front line day in and day out. I have received nothing but support, encouragement, humor, laughter, and compassion from our brave men and women in blue. Thank all of you from the bottom of my heart!

*Now why I am thanking our “courageous protectors in blue” let me take a minute to thank YOU. I received so many emails, comments, texts, and calls from you just checking in and each communication picked me up just a little bit more.

*And Carrie…thank you and the Presbyterian Youth for the special prayer you initiated. What a wonderful person you are my adorable niece…an amazing young woman!

When I am going through challenging times like this I like to surround myself with my “favorite” things. A good book and/or movie, pictures from my garden, cards from friends, paintings that appeal to me, and always laughter.

The doorbell just rang a few minutes ago and it was Luke…he had picked me up a sub at Harris Teeter….he and Chelsey are the best neighbors, along with Vickie and Jane, that any gal could ask to have.

God continues to watch over me. God is good… life is good.

So until tomorrow….

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

My “soft surroundings”

*Oops, I almost forgot. I have not asked to befriend anyone through Email…apparently it  is being attacked by hackers and it appears to be a growing problem….so delete any friend request from me…it is not me.

I like to be “befriended” by people I know who are my friends in real life…not some cyberspace fantasy friendship.

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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16 Responses to Grow Through What You Go Through

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    Oh, Becky, I didn’t read yesterday’s post until today. What a terrible bout you are going through. I know you always find things to be thankful for and that’s probably why you can come through some of these awful times so well. I don’t know if I have ever heard of someone’s car being stolen twice in one month. I truly hope all will go well with your foot surgery. I am so glad that person is in jail. Just know you are always in my prayers. Hope you have brighter days ahead. Love and care about you.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Every day is a bright day….some just more challenging than others….but then if every day was bright and sunny we would soon grow bored and want rainy and stormy…God know the fickleness of man and how he/she must be challenged daily to grow inward.


  2. Patty Knight says:

    Praying for you today🙏I am so sorry about your car also.
    I have been trying to catch up on you as we drive to a funeral in Charleston.
    Love you , Becky❤️


  3. bcparkison says:

    Yes goodness…Prayers are in order for your foot and your tranportation. Some time I think of our forefathers and wonder how did they do what they did with only a horse and buggy.
    Let us know how you are doing.


  4. Ellen Choyeski says:

    Prayers for you and your surgeon today, Becky! Cars can be replaced….you can’t!


  5. ambikasur says:

    Hi Becky… Really sorry to hear about the car tragedy… But All’s well that ends well… Good you got your car back.. God is good all the time..
    My prayers for your surgery too, God be with you and do get well soon… Loads of love n prayers…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you Ambika…you are so sweet. I think of you so often and our funny history together across thousands of miles…how it started with hope and how hope has kept us both fulfilled in our lives.


  6. Sis H Kinney says:

    Prayers for successful, painless surgery – and that the surgeons get it all the first time! And that everything will work out for you with your car.


  7. vicki says:

    So sorry!! WOW!! Praying for good results!


  8. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    You sure have a full plate right now! Praying that you have days of sunshine ahead.


  9. I am praying for you . . .and the car situation too! Lovely post-what are the purple flowers?


  10. Hi Becky! Thank you for your message and feedback! One can never underestimate the power of prayer!


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