Moving on Up…Yet Memories Abound

Dear Reader:

Yesterday reality hit hard….Luke and Chelsey are moving. Not far, mind you, maybe five minutes away…but we all know that there is a big difference in seeing your neighbor every day and/or visiting with them occasionally. Luke says he will always be at my beck and call-literally a phone call or text away… especially when the recessed lights go out in my happy room and he has to bring a stepladder to replace them. 🙂

Chelsey will keep checking on “Little Big Red” too since it appears to be undergoing a depression in the form of some kind of insect attack…Chelsey is coming back over to check on our plant…she loves the big red geranium since she was the one who cloned it successfully. Right now we have some medicine on it…hoping it will help get rid of the parasites.

Luke and Chelsey physically moved out a few weeks ago….leaving their furniture at the house while it was being shown and sleeping on air mattresses. So unselfishly I am extremely happy for them that they got to sleep in their own bed last night.

They are closing on their Rainbow Road home this Thursday so it was time to remove everything with the contract sealed and the paperwork in. I took lunch over for them while they worked. I know intellectually that they will be in and out like they have been the past few weeks…in fact  they have still been bringing amazing suppers…but emotionally the house seems so empty without them.

I knew we needed to add a little humor to the situation…near the end of the long tiring afternoon…re-enforcements showed up to move the last of the heavy stuff. When I saw this card…I knew it was meant for them…to put a smile on their tired faces.

A retired school teacher, don’t know her, is moving in and I am sure we will be good neighbors …it is just hard to let go of a special relationship, the one that Vickie and I had with “the kids” as we called them affectionately. They kept us young!

Yesterday I got a catalog from Leaning Tree showing the wide diversity of cards they have. I do believe they have some of the funniest ones I have ever seen…so I went through picking out some I wanted to order. To finish today…let me share a couple of smiles with you through these sample cards.

This one brought back memories of me with my foot stuck up the air (last fall) and my heating pad on in “Old Faithful” my recliner…actually it was and continues to be… a pretty hot date! 🙂



This one just made me laugh out loud…so typical and so funny!





I think this card should be the poster card for this special benchmark year of the Ya’s!

It says: Your special bedtime birthday story:

“A long long long time ago but not too very far away…you were born…and now you’re old…The End.”


So until tomorrow…“You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

I fell in love with this sympathy card….it says it all.

Happy Birthday to my Berkeley friend and social studies co-hort for years! Carol Poole! We always did fun birthday lessons showing how on the day we were born….other lucky people were able to share it with us…like a Franklin or a Jefferson or a Helen Keller…everyone born makes history in their own way!

Mandy and John had a back-to school gathering for the children before the reality of another school year hits this week! In spite of the crazy weather…the kids played dress-up, danced, and even managed to get in a swim when the sun tried to get out in Mt. P later in the afternoon…all in all a very successful send-off for the kids!

Some random snapshots….

On the way home a little after seven and the half-rainy, half-cloudy, peeks of sun day….the most beautiful display of God’s handiwork emerged below as I crossed the Don Holt bridge and slowed down for a large tractor truck taking up two lanes to get settled in his lane….a God Wink Show!


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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2 Responses to Moving on Up…Yet Memories Abound

  1. bcparkison says:

    I am proud for Luke and Chelsey and more than sure they will be hanging around. Both you and Little Big Red are just part of them.
    Yep…Summer is over. Well school has started anyway. Still hot as fire crackers.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So true…school started and fall don’t go together any more…school starts and it is blazing hot…thank goodness for air conditioners. And I know Luke and Chelsey will still be part of my life…just not quite as visible as before. Have to press ‘play’ and keep moving on.

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