Unexpected Encounters of Happiness

Dear Reader:

What an unexpected and joyful day yesterday was..filled with surcies and God Winks! My friend K.C. and I planned a picnic on my back deck…but first (like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”) it was too foggy and dampish, then too “pine strawey”…(literally falling off the trees into our plates) and finally too hot to sit out in the direct sun. So we ate lunch inside and then went on Boo’s garden tour…having the best time.

K.C. made the most delicious chicken salad sandwiches. I added some potato salad, chips, and a creamy slice of pie for dessert…along with some ice cold half and half tea. Perfect picnic!

Before she left K.C. handed me something completely unexpected but yet something I love. It started out as a package in a Christmas bag…she wanted it to be my first Christmas gift…a pre-season introduction gift.

Five different blocks were bubble wrapped…and as I put them together in the correct order..it was a most unique nativity scene. (title photo)

K.C. left while I was still playing with my nativity blocks…staring and studying each painted figure in the manger scene. What a way to start the Christmas season right!


Suddenly the doorbell rang and the mailman handed me a large box…’Who could this be from?‘ I thought to myself. Something was in a large plastic bag and it was blue. Suddenly I, intuitively, knew what it was.

Brooke and I gave Libby and Jackson a blue jacket for their birthdays at the beach and now Libby and Jackson were reciprocating…

What fortuitous timing with the possibility of the first frost arriving this weekend! Bluebirds are calling! I asked Vickie if she could take a quick photo of me in my new blue jacket (to send my “beautiful benefactors”…in the back yard/garden. She did and then showed me some of her hanging plants blooming for the first time unexpectedly…another happy unexpected encounter.


Isn’t life exciting? On any ordinary day something unexpected can take place that is also in your favour…as if the universe has singled you out with a big smile and a wink. When you receive unexpected surcies that you love and hold dear…a warm fuzzy feeling settles inside.

So until tomorrow…Always cherish the unexpected encounters that lift your spirits and make you feel connected with everyone and everything in the universe…a sense of completion engulfs you…You feel a  part of the whole…Savor these special surprises!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

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 Unexpected Encounters of Happiness

  1. I like the new picture of your five grandkids. Just lovely. You are so blessed, and the good thing is that you know itvand appreciate it.


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