Summerville’s own Erma Bombeck…Jo!

Dear Reader:

The other day when we talked about a “life well loved” and how fitting that would be as a final compliment to anyone’s life…I was privy to one of Jo Dufford’s “Erma Bombeck’s” humorous perspectives on life. I decided this was the time to share it with all of you in case you missed the comment following the original blog post. It is too good to miss.

Jo’s wit and humor has been a part of her personality and ‘claim to fame’ since I first heard her name as a first-year teacher in Summerville. I was told if I liked storytelling in my classes…go see Jo. I did and my world was changed. Just listening to her teach and tell stories convinced me that this was the true path to learning. It never failed me for the thirty-something years I taught. Thank you Jo…my life-long mentor and friend.

Here is an excerpt from Jo’s comment to a “Life Well Loved.”

… “Just wanted to share a crazy little quirk: If I do something like freshen up a guest room or Colby’s room and it wasn’t on the list, I add it just so I can check it off. Now nobody cares about that list, but it makes me feel better that I really did do something today since many of the other things had no checks by them. Of course, I usually had time to work on the puzzle on the card table and work the crossword puzzle, but I only did those while I was resting.

Resting might be the wrong word, because that would indicate you had done something to make you tired. But as you said, life is all about love, and I love others every day, and I don’t need a list for that. One can pause to pray for someone you don’t even know who may be in need, or send a card, or visit someone who is sick. Those things happen spontaneously as people come to your mind. At the end of my life, all I would hope they say about me is your title, she lived a “Life well loved.”

So until tomorrow….“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Love my little flowers who never stop blooming…even in this terrific heat wave!


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 Summerville’s own Erma Bombeck…Jo!

  1. bcparkison says:

    Of course the ‘trick’ is to know what our God given talents are. Sometimes they are so stuffed back we aren’t sure what they are.
    Your ever blooming flowers are lovely …every thing here is about gone.


  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    Becky, your words were just the ones I needed today. It is no accident, but God sends the right person with the right words at just the right time. I’ll come by soon, and I can explain these words more fully. When you have one sick far away, you just need some sunshine, and you did it again. Thanks.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      God provides these connector “God Winks”…not me…but glad I could be a messengers simply repeating the message you originally created in your mind and shared with us. Do stop by for a visit. Open invitation Erma! 🙂


  3. lisakunk says:

    Goodness those are fine words to hear to go to sleep on. Good night.


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