The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

Dear Reader:

Mollie sent us a “sneak peek” photo yesterday (from Sarah) of what is to come! It made my heart swell with pride and love. So happy to see Eloise smiling…she had a tough start but it appears Sarah, the magician, managed to win her over too! (‘Course Boo had a tough start herself! 🙂

While reading a novel yesterday…the phrase “The best things in life aren’t things” stuck in my mind and I found myself adding it to my quotes notebook that I always place beside me when I read. How true that statement is! *Just looking at my grandchildren’s picture reaffirms it.

I started thinking how easy it is to fill in the second part of that quote…depending on the day and feelings of the individual. We have all heard ‘take-off” phrases like “The best things in life are free” or “The best things in life are worth waiting for” or “The best things in life are simple but not easy.”

On any given day any of us can fill in the end of the quote with a desirable word or phrase we want at that moment. Try it and you will see what I mean.

“The best things in life are…touch.”

“The best things in life are…children’s laughter.”

“The best things in life are…a balanced check-book.”

“The best things in life are…friendships.”


You see how I could go on and on, as well as you. Speaking of…I would love for you to share your own personal, at the moment, completion ideas of this popular phrase….it can be serious, funny, satiric….anything that pops up in your mind.

For example…yesterday I would have answered this quotation ending with …”The best things in life are…dark.” (I realize this wasn’t exactly the word you were probably expecting…but it was one I really needed yesterday.)

As ludicrous as it sounds…I simply could not face another hot, sunny day with no chance of rain for my wilting garden (in spite of my struggle to sweat to death while watering it) …I just couldn’t!

*I think I was having some kind of pre-ancestor cave man/woman syndrome. It was like when the climate outside gets too much…we just want to crawl back in our dark caves and hibernate. 🙂

For the first time in I don’t know when…the foremost thing I didn’t do was open the shutters and let the day in. I woke up with a slight headache and was just plain tired and not ready to get up. I just wanted to stay in a dark room and ignore the day outside. I craved coolness and darkness…no more 95 degree days with high humidity and the apparent or “feels like” temperatures in the 100’s…again! It is like we are stuck in a  “Groundhog Day” effect using heat instead of cold but still stuck.

Sometime during the day…another thought hit me…and I had to start laughing. “Oh no!” I thought to myself…I am turning into one of those creepy old people who lives in dark places that scare children away. (I remember disliking visiting elderly people as a child at Christmas with mother and cookie tins from the church…because the houses smelled musty and were always dark and spooky.)

I didn’t scare a child away yesterday…but sweet Gin-g came to visit…and I am sure she thought I must be really sick…I told her “No…I just decided to have a dark day” and I know she thought…”Am I in the right house?” Of course once I explained my day off from sunshine…she burst out laughing and said she enjoyed the cool darkness…she was sick of the weather too.

Today is supposed to be another replica of yesterday. But there is supposedly  a little hope that things might actually “cool” down towards the end of the week….”cool” , of course, being a relative term! As far as rain goes…we will just have to see if the invisible bubble over Summerville moves somewhere else and opens up the skies for us.

But hey, miracles still happen….Boo survives a stomach attack, Eloise starts smiling, all the photos get taken in time (before the sun sets) for the family album…so the weather will improve, at some point we will get rain again…along with blessings from heaven. Life is good.

So until tomorrow….Today the shutters will re-open, the sun will come in, and laughter and happiness will prevail.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh



Walgreens did a great job making a collage of the family’s young astronauts to remember the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk



I feel like I have surely built up shoulder and upper arm muscles toting gallon cartons of water to the areas not reached by the hose…but these flowers are surviving because of it…maybe the next time you see me I will be on the National Female Body-Building Contest!

My lantana has played ‘peek or boo’ all summer….they bloom for about two weeks beautifully…then wilt and fade away…about three weeks later they are back out blooming beautifully and so on and so on and so on….maybe they can only take so much heat and sunshine in today’s new climate too! 🙂

My frustration with a seemingly endless hot beaming sun doesn’t transfer over to the moon, however….it was gorgeous last night peeking at it through the branches of an oak tree…and then turning around to the welcoming  lights on my porch. Home sweet home!




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 Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

  1. bcparkison says:

    Isn’t it awful! The heat of course is what I mean. Our few between showers only cool things down for half a minute then it pops right back up there. Just melting hot.
    I had to have a tooth removed yesterday so I do understand your dark day. Right now my Best things in Life would be two good nights of sleep. “This too shall pass”


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Sleeping soundly is a good ending to the “Best Things in life”…good one! I have my good and not so good nights…no rhyme or reason why either occurs…luck of the draw I reckon…Thanks for participating! Stay cool!

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  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    Well, I’m surely glad you opened the shutters today. I can’t imagine your happy room dark. If this heat keeps up, you might be tempted to run those underground or in ground hoses that have holes for watering. Well, I know that is quite expensive, but i really am concerned about you in that heat trying to water. I believe we are to have some thunderstorms in the next 24 hours, or at least, that is what my waking telephone message said. I tell you these all-knowing tphones are something else. Sometimes mine says, “Here are some more things you like to read about.” I usually say aloud to the thing, “Just because something is sent to me does not mean I read all that junk.” Just waiting for the day it replies,”So sorry.” Back to the heat, hang in there cooler days are ahead. (Since time flies when one is my age, I may need to put up Christmas tree as December might be sooner than I think.) Seriously, be careful and don’t stay in this heat too long.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Believe me…most of my time is spent indoors….either inside home, restaurants, movies…you get the picture. Everyone you bump into says “I can hardly wait until fall”…the problem is fall is just an extended summer any more…in order to “hardly wait for fall” we must now wait for winter…which is now our fall.” Confusing…but it appears to be the “new normal” as we hear more and more about everything…I think I like the “Old Normal” better! “The best things in life are “old normal”! 🙂


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