The Healing Power of Gathering

Dear Reader:

Sometimes we just have to make ourselves get up and get out. This happened yesterday…all weekend I had slept around the clock…I mean how much sleep can one person get?

No fever, not contagious…just a viral chest cold that has to run its course…not fun but not life-threatening by any means…just a serious annoyance with lingering “blahs, accompanied by the infamous malaise of chronic fatigue.

Certainly we have to be checked to make sure we don’t have a chronic disease or bacterial problem…. something that needs to be treated with anti-biotics or different medicines…but the normal cold/congestion/cough is a viral condition that lingers and then leaves when it pretty much feels like it.

After a whole weekend of sleeping through it…I discovered sleep is not a cure…restful…but no cure. In fact after awhile…too much isolation can be more detrimental than reaching out for social contact.

Tommy, Kaitlyn, and I have been trying to get together for weeks on weeks to get Tommy’s birthday change jar to him along with some personal artifacts I found over Christmas that I knew he would want to keep…and he did. Tommy has had the same chest cold/congestion, like me, but he said that Monday would suit him and Kaitlyn best to meet for lunch.

Finally…we had lift-off! It was a chilly day but it turned out to be a delicious meal for all of us who ordered different entrees.  Tommy was treated like royalty and given an extra dessert to take home, a candle on his cake, and mini-champagne cocktails for all of us…everything over our basic meals were paid for by the restaurant as  gifts celebrating Tommy’s very belated birthday.

I was really impressed! All the waiters and waitresses went the ‘extra mile’ to make us feel special. *If first impressions are lasting…I will be returning a lot!

But the best medicine in the world was having time to talk, laugh, share updates, and  see photos of Tommy & Kaitlyn’s  new Air B&B rooms…They are hoping to have their first guests in February. Still more additions to the rooms to be added… but all the construction, electricity, plumbing, painting, etc is done now. (A little visual hint of two rooms)

If the motto of real estate is “Location, location, location...anyone would be hard pressed to find an air b&b for any tourist… better located than Tommy and Kaitlyn’s duplex. Only minutes away from the Charleston beaches and historical downtown Charleston.

*I will definitely share pictures with you when they finish the last fixings…excited for them.

Then to end the outing on just the right note…Dr. Jeter’s office called and left a message that my chest x-ray was clean!!! (When you have breast cancer and chest congestion there is always the niggling fear that something else might show up on a chest x-ray)…so my world felt lighter returning than going! It is just as Dr. Jeter thought…a viral cough that will run its course in due time.

So until tomorrow…It is true...”People who need people are the luckiest people in the world”– Anne texted yesterday morning to check to see if I needed any more soup, Susan stopped by with some, Vickie made me soft molasses cookies because they melt in your mouth. Staying in or out...there is no doubt at all… I am one of the luckiest people in the world.”

“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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1 Response to The Healing Power of Gathering

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Praise the Lord for your good news. And I will be back to check on you. Yesterday I was prepping for a colonoscopy for today. I had 6 polyps removed but think all is well. Hope to see you soon. Happy Birthday to Tommy.


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