Loving Being Back Home

Dear Reader:

Yesterday when I walked around my yard…surprise after surprise greeted me! This large snowball camellia stunned me with its purity of beauty….no other camellia color could compete. (Libby it reminded me of the “Snow Moon” last Friday night!)

And then I realized that every single azalea bush had at least two or three buds blooming…not even Valentine’s Day yet and the azaleas have come to stay. Wow!

I walked around the front, side, and back yards taking picture of my “rainbow” display of different colors….light pinks, dark pinks, lavender, apricot, orange, yellows, and purples…there are over a 1000 varieties I recently read….Let me show off my Azalea Parade.


Then add in summer flowers popping up everywhere and spring is determined to stick around.

*(If anyone knows the name of the beautiful purple flower please let me know! Clusters of them are popping up)

My new neighbor, Mary, who now lives across the street from me told me how she had been looking for the cottage she bought from Luke and Chelsey for years in her dreams…she already knew what it looked like….her own home had been flooded three times and she was in the depth of depression when the real estate agent told her about the little house.

Mary asked the address and when told it was on “Rainbow” road she knew she was going to buy it and fix it up and make it her own…and she has done just that…adding a large porch onto the back and a metal roof. She knew she was supposed to live on “Rainbow” road after all her earlier flood experiences…the light was shining now ‘at the end of the rainbow.’

I understood perfectly…since that was the way I felt too. What a great name to live on! (Of course I always tease the clerks when they ask for my address and I tell them 100 Rainbow Road…a smile always lights up and they say “Really?”)


Continuing with the fun I admit that if Road turned into Row...Rainbow Row…then I really would be on “easy” street …living downtown Charleston near the Battery!

In Debbie Macomber’s Devotions from the Heart she makes an insightful comment on wanting to live on “Easy Street.”

Debbie loves looking for crazy street names when she and her husband takes trips…some of her favorites have been:

Baby Doll Road, Noisy Hole, Succabone, Hell for Certain roads. (That last street she decided to skip…didn’t want to take any chances.)

One day she noticed a road near her home that she had never spotted before…curious she decided to follow the street and see where it lead. The name of the street was Easy Street. It looked pretty similar to her neighborhood until she realized it was a dead-end. She stopped and thought about this for a moment before realizing she had experienced a God Wink

She concluded with this prayer:

Lord, sometimes I’m guilty of wanting to live on Easy Street. Thank you for leading me down the path that leads to you. 

So until tomorrow….“Just because God’s Path isn’t always understandable…doesn’t mean it isn’t the right path.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Sammy the Cardinal bird feeder is the most popular one now…too cute. However destiny hasn’t intervened to provide me with the right moment with the iPhone in hand at the right place. Not giving up hope…one day there will be a picture of a red cardinal eating from the Sammy the Red Cardinal Suet Cage.

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 Loving Being Back Home

  1. Beverly Dufford says:

    Glad you had a wonderful time at the Island. Glad you are home and enjoying your beautiful flowers. So many azaleas are blooming all over town. Guess no one mentioned to them that they are a tad early. But that’s the South for you. If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few days, and it’ll change. And who knows when you will see flowers blooming or birds singing? Could be any month. I meant to comment yesterday on what an extraordinary friendship you ya’s have to have been able to get together so often for so many years, and all still live in SC. Of course, your love for each other is so obvious and such a strong bond. ( I surely like those beautiful blue jackets.)


  2. Becky Dingle says:

    We keep the Musketers Creed…”All for one and one for all” …as long as we are bound together trouble has got to take on four formidable opponents and not just one! Aren’t the Land’s End jackets pretty and when it really gets cold…nothing keeps you warmer than those coats.


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