The Day Shined Brighter…Even with the Rain

Dear Reader:

The rains came down yesterday but the pain in my foot stopped while I slept Thursday night…Hallelujah! And even when Doodle helped me put on that pressure legging…it didn’t start hurting. Whew…an answer to my prayers! My day felt sunny…no matter the weather.

I was talking to Mandy yesterday and I told her that the worst thing about this recent health set-back (that bothered me the most) was that I was missing October…my favorite month of the year!

I feel just like Anne of Green Gables…God gave us this beautiful month to remind us how much He loves us. He went crazy with His art…falling red, yellow, orange, tan, blue, and green leaves all around our yards, gardens, and woods. Bursts of vibrant colors that make us feel so alive with happiness and joy to be simply here to take it all in.

I am basically confined to looking out two windows…the one in my Happy Room (den-in my recliner with stacked pillows and my foot peeking out at the top ) and these days, for only a few short minutes, out my side window by my computer.

October is growing closer and closer to its most beautiful state…yet I have a very limited vision of it. So every time I have an appointment…I do relish the time outside just viewing the world as we drive to and from the doctor’s office.

On the way home yesterday from some lab work done at the Charleston Cancer Center (and a flu shot) Doodle and I discovered where the “Scarecrows on the Square” were hiding out.

Normally schools and businesses all compete for different categories of the best-themed Halloween displays…but this year Hutchinson Square is undergoing a renovation and is still under construction so the ‘scarecrows’ are located back a street on Cedar (empty lot) not far from Timrod Library and St. Luke’s Lutheran church.

Doodle was sweet enough to let me grab some snapshots, mainly from the car, enough to satisfy my Halloween spirit….the closest I have come to it this year. I obviously love the dolphin…saving a green pumpkin floating in a wave behind him. And everyone loves a good old dinosaur…they might be extinct but their popularity lives on!

I got “tired” just looking at the gal rolling the tire…and the Rollins art school decided to “Scream” about their presentation.

I really am trying to be good and stay seated with my feet propped up…but it isn’t easy….I think I have every Hallmark movie memorized along with the re-runs of other favorite channels I watch. I am getting really BORED. And I just found out I am being sent a Wound Vac...never heard of it but my doctor must have ordered it and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow…UPS. I imagine it is not exactly a fun “surcie.”

My predicament reminds me of the old Hitchcock film with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly…”Rear Window.” The plot was about a professional photographer (Stewart) who breaks his leg and is confined to a wheelchair… with his leg in a cast stuck up in the air.

He lives in a New York apartment building and out of sheer boredom he starts looking at all the activity going on with his neighbors daily comings and goings…using his photo lens and telescope. Harmless fun until he suspects a husband murdered his wife and buried her in the front yard temporarily.

Nothing that exciting going on ….(thank goodness) but then we did have a car thief steal my car right out of my driveway….mainly I just watch the birds and hear the chickens and dogs occasionally…one day soon (hopefully) I can regain my visa to the outside world.

So until tomorrow…For all of you who can get outside…please do so for me and welcome each new pumpkin to their biggest party of the year….growing and glowing to show off on one dark night… to the glee of small children everywhere! Tell each pumpkin the “Boo” says “Hey There Pumpkin!” I sure do miss you!

“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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5 Responses to The Day Shined Brighter…Even with the Rain

  1. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Bless your heart…I enjoyed our visit last week but I will be back…I have been working everyday and I love it but I come home and crash…the ole gray mule ain’t what she used to be…prayers for healing and patience for you….November will will be pretty too…just for you…


  2. Donna Rae Williams says:

    I agree with Ging-g, I haven’t seen leaves turning yet anywhere . I think because it was warm for so long that November will be our October. Just for you.


  3. Jo Dufford says:

    It seems to me as if the leaves are late turning this year so you might be right on schedule. Of course, I didn’t get to mountains this year, and they may be dressed in all of their splendor. Still praying your foot will heal, and you can be out in the garden again. I’m glad your wonderful home nurse is reminding you to follow doctor’s orders. My two remaining sisters-in-law try to get to Summerville once a month so that we can have a looooong lunch. (We do tip extra, but we may have to also pay rent on booth.) “Ain’t it grand to have sisters who are always there for us?”


  4. bcparkison says:

    You are doing great and all will be well soon. Our prayers do count and there a bunch going up for you. Hang in there.


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