Being Grateful for What We Have and What We Can Give!

Dear Reader:

“Big Red” (the geranium) decided it wanted to join in the Red Nose Day fun too. All the earlier blooms had fallen off the plant and new ones were already forming…but yesterday one bud popped open just in time for Red Nose Day!

Michele and I had to laugh at “Big Red’s” participation in this day too. *You might remember the last time Michele stopped by it was Palm Sunday weekend and she brought me the most beautiful Palm frond which I used to decorate the den and later the back deck door.

She also surprised me with toilet paper…a most wonderful and needed gift at the time! This time she brought me some paper plates…always needed at my house! 🙂

*Michele loves Louise Penny’s detective books (like me) and since I have a personal library of them for use at any time for any one…she trades one stack of books in for another…so glad they are being used.

This time around it was Red Nose Day…I figured that we needed to join in the giving and fun of this day…so we joined “Big Red” on the porch with our red noses…love Michele’s extra mask protection (she had just come from a medical appointment) and now added the additional red nose! Perfect!

Since I haven’t been in Walgreens since the coronavirus hit…I would have forgotten all about the special day…but NBC helps sponsor it and on a local news program a reminder came on telling us that May 21 was Red Nose Day and some background information about it.

Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty, one nose at a time. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises money and awareness to ensure children who need our help the most are safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.

Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day brings people together to laugh and have fun, all while raising life-changing cash for the children that need it the most. Since our debut in 2015, we have raised $200 million and have positively impacted over 25 million children in America, and around the world.

This year with schools closed…which is the only source of food for many school children…local school districts have all come up with different programs to feed the children through this pandemic. Many of these school districts need financial assistance to keep meals going out throughout the summer…a portion of the donations to Red Nose Day will go to school districts all over our country.

This year, more than ever, with the symptoms of the coronavirus affecting almost every country in the world…hungry children are a top priority to make sure they come through this pandemic healthy.

Another change this year (because of the coronavirus)  is that red noses have gone digital...when you donate on-line you receive your digital red nose.

I had to substitute red clown noses that I found while going through a closet yesterday for Michele’s and mine’s red nose! 🙂 – “Necessity is the mother of invention.” 🙂

I made my donation digitally this year…my heart breaks whenever I see a hungry child anywhere any time.

A funny coincidence happened yesterday…Mary Alice Monroe was a guest on Living Locally with hostess – Ashleigh Messervy- who grew up with my children (especially Tommy) in our neighborhood.


Tiffany asked Mary Alice Monroe about the timing of her latest book…had the publishers been concerned because of the pandemic and economic effects it has had on many American lives?

Mary Alice Monroe answered with something similar to what I wrote Wednesday in the post…that books take us places where we might not be able to go physically… as usual…like an annual beach house rental this summer because of expenses…but we can read a book and find ourselves right back on that same beach enjoying the memories of it so vividly that it feels like we are actually there. The power of the written word!

***Guess what dining experience has now re-opened in Summerville?


Yes…our favorite tea room is back in business. Doodle called yesterday to let me know they were open… and believe me… I will be there today to pick up one of my favorite meals of all…now comes the hard part…which items…the famous chicken salad, or tomato pie (if you get lucky and order it when it’s on the menu) and all their delicious quiches…with those pop-up rolls…my mouth is already watering…I will definitely be one of their first pick-up customers.

Everyone…come on out. Let’s support our favorite eating ‘haunts’ ….we can’t afford to lose a single one…Summerville just wouldn’t be the same without’em and their friendly owners!

So until tomorrow….

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Today is the final day of school…home-schooling… so the kids helped Mom (Ms. Mandy) do their last project…make end of the school year posters…this will definitely be a “school year” the children will always remember! The school year of 2020!

I saw a cute bumper sticker on a car a few days ago concerning COVID-19… but of course now I have forgotten it…so I looked up some car stickers and other kinds of coronavirus stickers and liked the following ones. Another great way to remember 2020..sticker mementos.



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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