Life is Full of “Happenings”

Dear Reader:

Yesterday…“Suddenly it happened….I woke up to the happening.” If you remember this old (Diana Ross &The Supremes) song…you are my kind of “people.”  The music popped up on a commercial for an old album by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

I immediately hobbled to my feet and started “dancing” to the song. I mean, really, how can anyone sit still when “The Happening” is playing? I was snapping my fingers and doing the “lindy hop” on one foot. A sight to be seen…but that song makes me so happy!

After the infomercial went off….I pulled the tune again on my Iphone and sat rocking in the recliner as I listened to it over and over. After about the third time…I started paying more attention to the lyrics and realized that the theme of this song is getting caught off-guard when life hands us a “happening” that we weren’t prepared to deal with… It was my song of the moment!

Think about it…some of the different stanza lyrics go like this:

Hey! Life, look at me, I can see the reality,
‘Cause when you shook me, took me outta my world, I woke up.
Suddenly I just woke up to The Happening. 

The Happening.
One day you’re up, when you turn around,
You find your world is tumbling down.
It happened to me and it can happen to you.

The Happening.
Now I see life for what it is.
It’s not of dreams, it’s not of bliss.
It happened to me and it can happen to you

Is it real? Is it fake?
Is this game of life a mistake?
‘Cause when I lost the luck I thought was mine for certain,
Suddenly it starts hurtin’.
I saw the light too late with that fickle finger of fate.


Haven’t we all heard the old adage that it is the little things in life that get you? There is definitely some irony in the fact that I was given a clear bill of health from the Cat-Scan….nothing had metastasized and then a small seemingly insignificant “boo boo owie” on my foot takes me down a long, dark, and winding road of pain and fear…therein lay the cancer cells.

Through it all, however, God has never left my side or dropped my hand…He made sure I got to the right place and the right doctor in the nick of time to prevent a more serious health crisis from occurring. He is my healer and the doctors on earth His instruments.

Another great “happening” occurred today….”Little Red became Big Red” again and His first red bloom appeared! Now that is a “happening.!”


Ann Graves, a friend from church, came to visit today bringing all kinds of yummies and a digital photo frame filled with photos from the blog. She wanted me to have something to look at besides television. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift!

While we were chatting she said that a thought came to her about my situation. It deals with the familiar line of scripture that reads:


She said that God knew I was about to be put in a position where it was critical to rest and that God already knew that resting didn’t come naturally to me but it would be a necessity in overcoming this new health issue…so He took away the car, my independence…no driving escape…and instead made dependent on neighbors, friends, and family who supervised my rest…along with orders from doctors and nurses. Definitely a God Wink!

Now get ready to get happy again….I dare you not to snap your fingers and let’s see some hip action. When we survive the “Happening” it is time to celebrate!

After voting… with teachers and students off from school…yesterday was a good day to have a special mother-daughter day like Mandy and Eva Cate (got a new book bag) and for Libby to be with her “Fabulous Five!”


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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7 Responses to Life is Full of “Happenings”

  1. bcparkison says:

    Must have been asite to see you hopping around. lol
    Yea! so good to see that bloom open wide.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      You would have had to been there…:) But it was a great fun reliever…love that song and melody…just makes you happy. And seeing Big Red slowly returning in blooms and height makes me happy too! Clean slate for both of us….It is just time to keep growing and blooming..

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  2. Jo Dufford says:

    I never paid a lot of attention to the words of the song, but isn’t it strange how those words were what you were feeling at the moment. Blow Big Red a kiss for me. Aren’t we proud of Her? I think what your friend did was such a special gift. It makes me sorry that I am not that good on the computer because it would be such a great gift for a number of people I know. Hang in there, Becky, because after the rain, there will be so many rainbows to enjoy.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Your gift is priceless Jo…you bring laughter with you wherever you go and this old world could sure use a lot more of it….when did America decide we were so important and get so serious…life is to be shared and enjoyed by all….with laughter as the cement. We need to get over ourselves….smile, don’t scowl. Thanks Jo for the smiles.


  3. Great post. I had actually forgotten it. I don’t remember it, ut liked playing it, and can understand why you got so much fun and joy from it. It was great when you could actually hear the lyrics.


  4. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Music speaks to the soul….so glad that little Red is back…


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