The “Velveteen” Ya’s!

Dear Reader:

I didn’t even have to go look through my old books to find a copy of the Velveteen Rabbit for this title photo…I have my own “Velveteen” Rabbit! He started out as a garden Easter Rabbit, one spring long ago, until he became so worn out by the weather…(one eye is missing and one ear is doing a balancing act in the photo)…normally, it too is missing. Yet I love this little rabbit and have given him an honored place in my bedroom so he can live out his days in comfort.

As I think back over my favorite lines from the Velveteen Rabbit about being real and loved …and how the two go together…I can’t help but think of my abiding friendship with the Ya’s and this past week’s reaffirmation …reiterating just  how strong our friendship goes.

“Real isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you,”

The Ya friendship today is beyond “real”…we know everything about each other…long kept secrets, hopes, dreams, weaknesses and strengths… And we love each other more and more for all of the “real” moments we get to spend together.

We have become each others best cheerleaders for whatever “crisis” develops and unfortunately as we all age…these situations, like waves in the ocean hitting shore, seem sometimes to be a constant in our lives.

“Few things in life are more consoling than an old friendship in which all the hair (as in the story of the Velveteen Rabbit) has been rubbed off.”

That pretty much sums the retreat  up for us….but I did save an ‘Uncle Billy’ joke (Mitford series) to tell the Ya’s to cheer ourselves up and just have a good old-fashioned belly laugh! We might be getting older but we still have it more together than the three old maid sisters in Uncle Billy’s joke.

*I will have to paraphrase from memory since I returned the Mitford Series books to K.C. (who loaned them to me before I left for the beach) ….so here goes.


There were three elderly spinster sisters who lived together in a big rambling Victorian home their father had left them. The youngest of the sisters was in her eighties, the middle sister…in her nineties…and the oldest sister, Hattie, had long passed the triple digit age line.

One day Hattie stared down (somewhat befuddled) at the floating water in her clawfoot tub. Soon after… the youngest sister and the middle sister (who were drinking their breakfast coffee on a long wooden farm table) heard her shout…

“Am I gitting in the tub or gitting out of the tub?” 

The middle sister sighed, put down her cup of coffee and told her youngest sister that she would go check on Hattie…the poor thing had no memory left at all.

The youngest sister sat back leisurely and continued to enjoy her morning coffee until she heard a cry from the middle sister….

” Sister Help! Am I going up the stairs…or going down the stairs?”

The youngest sister, sighed a deep sigh, and thanked the Lord that she still had her memory when her older sisters didn’t…she then knocked on the wooden table for a  good luck measure to ward off any memory loss.

Suddenly the middle sister stuck on the stairs and the eldest sister still staring down at the water in the tub heard their youngest sister yell:

“I’ll be right up to help y’all, you hear…as soon as I answer the door..somebody’s knocking on it.”


So until tomorrow…It can always be worse…so smile and just enjoy the day and the moment!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Remember: To say “RABBIT” first thing this morning to bring you the “Top of the Morning” Irish Good Luck”…(and you don’t even have to be Irish.) Since my bedraggled but  beloved garden (Velveteen) rabbit has on a green ribbon..I think he can teach us about love and luck for this upcoming month.

Next month I can put Easter eggs around him…Easter sure is late this year, isn’t it?


*Today I am heading back to the Comprehensive Wound Center and I am just betting that “the wound” will be really could it not with so much love around! This afternoon, when I return, I will gather all the pictures and funnies from the past week to share with you tomorrow!

….But I can tell you the weather was the best yet…in the mid to high sixties and low seventies…cloudy but with bright spurts of sunshine with blue skies intermingled. We kept the tradition and returned to the Chive Blossom for another fabulous meal Tuesday evening. Life is good!



*Eva Cate won ‘The Craziest Hat and Socks”  ( they wear uniforms at her school) Recognition for Dr. Seuss Day at her school (Read Across America) Way to go Eva Cate…way to go Mandy!

(Pink bow from the Race for the Cure and then the girls painted a paper mache elephant I used in a Christmas Eve story a few years back)

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 The “Velveteen” Ya’s!

  1. bcparkison says:

    I’m kinda wondering…what is that rabbit made of.?
    Welcome back from a happy time and Ihave a good feeling about you foot too. Let us know.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Paper mache….had ordered two paper mache elephants for the Christmas Eve story a few years back as props for the story…gave Rutledge one and Eva Cate one…Mandy painted it.

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  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    So glad you Ya’s had another great trip together. You have something that most people aren’t able to say they have had and enjoyed for so many years. I surely pray your foot will have made good progress this week. You will be home just in time for the grand opening of the park this afternoon. I am so glad I made Summerville my home 57 years ago. My children who were born here say it doesn’t count unless you are born here, but what do they know? When that pine air gets deep enough in your lungs, you are a “real” Summervillian. (Guess that is a word?) After all I have been loved and nurtured by so many of these people during my life, and even If I”m a little worn and lot wrinkled, I do feel “real” too. Happy Rabbit Day!


  3. Becky Dingle says:

    You are the “realest” person I know Jo!!!! Everyone’s Velveteen Rabbit! A good progress report today…we are close to the finish…just keep hoping I can slide into home really soon!


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