The Beautiful ABC’s of Autumn

Dear Reader:

Well today is finally my “official” birthday…I decided to throw my arms wide open this morning and just accept my big benchmark new decade number with a smile! To be honest…between new chemo treatments and my foot surgery gone array…2018-2019 was nothing to write home about anyway…not one for the memory books.

So 7th decade…bring it on! I have worked hard to get here so I can handle the obstacles of getting older….all I wish for is normalcy….being physically able to be independent… to move, drive, laugh, and love. If I have that….I have everything.

And everything includes my friends….Speaking of …I had the funniest card from Jackson yesterday that brought tears of merriment flowing down my cheeks. Only a lifelong friend would understand how hilarious this reception would be and would send it behind a sneaky grin!

If you ever wonder who loves you, who cares about you, who’s got your back when things get rough, who would do anything in the world for you, who’s there for you, no matter when, no matter what, JUST REMEMBER


🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂  Jackson…just when you lured me in…just waiting to read…”It’s Me!”…the plot thickened with an unexpected twist…leaving a momentarily pause to the reader, followed by eruptive laughter… while finally sliding out of my recliner!

Actually I love getting cards from Jackson…besides her wonderful satire…her address is Autumn Circle. It is right in there with Rainbow Road for me….two resident names that makes people smile.

In fact…now that I think about it….there are a lot of words in the Autumn season that bring a smile to our faces. I decided to test myself and do the first five letters of the alphabet…thinking of words that belong to fall.

A-Autumn, Apples, Acorns

B- Bonfires, Blue (skies) Bales of hay, Butterflies

C- Clemson, Crisp, Chilly, Colors, Chestnuts

D- Dazzling sunsets, Dabo, decorations

E- Early sunsets, Excitement of hay rides

*Now it is your turn….think of any word that belongs in the Autumn category that makes you smile at the image….I love word games…please share!


My birthday week started off with a bang yesterday…breakfast with neighbors. It gave me the energy to come home and start a little decorating…. Then Gingi stopped by with the most beautiful fall flowers and we just laughed and laughed at any and everything.


I made myself clean off the deck (endless pine cones and pine straw) and decorate with some of my birthday flowers…Brooke is coming today and we will definitely want to hang out on the deck!

So until tomorrow….Enjoy the new cooler mornings that make you want to snuggle and stay in bed just a little longer…such a comfortable sensation.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Prayers please for my brother Ben. He called yesterday to say he was having some tests run on his heart and was spending last night in the hospital so he would be there early this morning to meet with the doctor and go over the results of  all the tests! He is ready to get home after all the battery of tests they put him through yesterday…(which is pretty normal these days.)

I am praying the treatments will be minimal and not require surgeries or on-going treatments for an extended period. We will see what we see, however, and then deal with it. Thank you so much for your prayers.




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 The Beautiful ABC’s of Autumn

  1. bcparkison says:

    Prayers for your Ben.
    what pretty flowers and yes the cooler temps are wonderful.(Afternoons are still terrible.)
    My 96 year old Dad passed to the other world yesterday.This is a blessing since he has been wanting to go for several years. God finely gave him a “passing”.


  2. Beth Brewer says:

    Happy Birthday, Becky! May your year be filled with only special blessings🎂


  3. ambikasur says:

    Happy birthday Becky…. God bless you with a looonnnggg life ahead and prosper you always…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      How sweet Ambika…when you have a minute…catch us all up to date on the drought situation and your sweet family…how is it all going for you?


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