“A Tisket, A Tasket…This Year It’s Bags…not Baskets”

Dear Reader:

Another sign of the times this year as Easter quickly approaches is replacement bags for Easter baskets…for the first time in almost a decade Boo won’t be hostessing the Dingle-Turner Easter Egg Hunt. I must admit…it makes me sad and nostalgic over past hunts.

Well…admittedly…that series of memories took up over an hour as I went back down memory lane…I laughed, smiled, and teared up over those endearing past moments..almost a decade of them…unbelievable!

Thank goodness (this year) for on-line Amazon ordering and Tim Davies delivering for Education Station…(Both provided me with “surcies” to put in any bags I could find around the house…left over Christmas or teacher bags) to be delivered by Tommy and Kaitlyn. (*Yesterday I met Tommy at his office when it opened…we switched the grandchildren’s “Easter” bags from my car to his and then with an invisible high 5 I was off!)

*This really is the time when we must all get creative and “make do with what we have.”  The problem I ran into a couple of days ago…however was a real “stumper.”

I ordered on-line from Publix my weekly grocery list…I had all the items needed to make spaghetti. I listed ground beef, fresh bell peppers, parmesan cheese, onions, garlic, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and pasta. My mouth was watering waiting (it took three days) on the order to come in.

The delivery woman handed me a bag with the bottle sauces, pasta and parmesan cheese and another bag with the fresh vegetables. She  then started to walk off.

Wait a minute,” I called out…”I have one more important bag...(jokingly) the ground beef.

“Oh yeah,” replied the deliverer, “Publix is completely out of ground beef…don’t worry…I gave you the refund.” “Have a good day.”

I stood there holding the bags…trying to remember that old axiom…something like “When you have the whole world but nothing at all?” I thought again…it should say “When you have the whole meal but nothing to cook.”

I called around to see if anybody had been in a store this past week and remembered seeing hamburger meat…but to no avail. Susan said she would keep her ears and eyes open if she heard or saw anything to help me out.

I told her not to worry with it…then while on the way to meet Tommy I got a text from Donna Clark asking if I needed anything at the store…she was heading over. I mentioned the ground hamburger meat…but if it wasn’t on display…don’t worry about it…I could just wait and make it after Easter next week…maybe by then they would have it again.

I turned everything over to God’s Basket...if this was supposed to work out now it would…if it didn’t it would work out when it was supposed to…

And then…boom! A double whammy! Donna texted to let me know she had some ground beef for me…I was so excited that I started peeling the onion and cutting up the raw vegetables so all I would have to do… would be … cook the meat. “Ask and you shall receive“…thank you Donna and your Irish lucky charm!

And as if that wasn’t a stroke of pure luck…while I was stirring the sauce…I heard a knock at the door and my beautiful niece, Ady, was there holding a bag…she said they (she, Bekah, Susan) had stopped by Bi-Lo on the way home (from the strawberry fields to pick strawberries) and the store had ground chuck. *I also had fresh strawberries in another bag! Unbelievable! 🙂 🙂 🙂

There are so few times in life when one can stay stationary (doing nothing…well maybe a little pouting 🙂 while others actively pursue a goal (your goal)…and stationary wins out. Two gifts of ground beef!

Perhaps Carole King says it best “You’ve got a Friend”...actually more then one and they are all spectacular…no doubt I am blessed with guardian angels selected by God to drop in and check on Boo.

So until tomorrow….Easter isn’t about bags or baskets, gifts or hunts (even spaghetti)…it is about sacrifice, grace, and love…and that I have in abundance!!! 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh




***Look at these beautiful ceramic flowers Honey is making now…and you don’t have to weed or water them!



A couple of funnies…

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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4 Responses to “A Tisket, A Tasket…This Year It’s Bags…not Baskets”

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words! Oh how I love the pictures and the memories they hold!❤️💕❤️


    • Becky Dingle says:

      It is sad this year….this is Boo’s Big Day….and how I love it…we will always remember this year as the Year the Easter Egg Hunt…Wasn’t. We will have to wait to next year! 🙂


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…loved all of the pictures of your precious grands. I am like you …we will not be doing our Easter traditions this year in NC…but we feel blessed that our immediate family will use Zoom to get together online..trying to figure out the logistic of doing an online egg hunt witb the grands. The lasagna that I bought you was made with Italian pork meatballs. I could not find hamburger but a nice stranger told me to try it so I did…delicious. i know yours will be delicious tok.


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