A Caring Act of Kindness…


Dear Reader:

Receiving a note (like this one above in the title photo) makes anyone’s day brighter. We can all go on a world-wide hunt for hidden treasures of gold …but if I opened up a treasure chest and discovered this card with the words “You are loved” inside…I would feel like I had won the biggest lottery of all.

There are so many ways to show people how much we do love our fellow man daily. (Particularly now…with so much at stake with our health and everyone else’s… we meet or see when we leave home.)

I try to do everything I can to show others that I care for their well-being and part of that is making sure I have a clean face mask in my car so I won’t forget to put it on if I leave the house to pick up all my medications or go to a medical appointment, store, or curbside pick-up for varying supplies or foods.

To me wearing a mask means “I care about your health as much as mine.” Obviously with my medical track record I know I have to be extra careful around people with a compromised immune system from 12 years of chemo – especially in situations where social distancing is going to be a challenge.

Believe me …I haven’t fought “little c” successfully enough to be able to say I am still “living” with breast cancer to lose all that hard work to COVID-19 …especially unnecessarily.

(My only exception to the rule is my family…if I know my chances of giving it someone is as low as humanly possible and my family is well…then my love and desire to be with them and vice-versa over-rides a rare few special family occasions…love always wins out!)

It does bother me to see a relatively large number of people not wearing masks in less supervised social distancing locations.

Wearing a mask protects others more than ourselves… even when it comes to  just speaking without a mask or greeting someone we know. When I read this following virus transmission info ..it really made me stop and pause.

“One recent study showed that we spray thousands of droplets  invisible to the naked eye into the air just by uttering the words “stay healthy”. Pretty ironic…right?

Obviously the more people who participate in wearing masks… the better the results of eliminating the virus.  What makes suppression difficult (when it comes to halting transmissions in the community) is the number of people who have it and are carriers but not sick themselves.

 “But think about it… if everybody is wearing face masks, that would mean infected and asymptomatic people are also wearing masks. That would help to reduce the amount of virus which gets into the environment and potentially causes infections.”

In other words…we are all in this together and we need to all help each other get out of this pandemic healthy and well. We need each other and depend on each other more now than ever before.

So if someone thinks wearing a mask is just part of some hoax around this virus or too much trouble to mess with…look around…see the innocent men, women, and children depending on you to help stop this pandemic…one person at a time. Be part of the solution…not the problem. Be kind. Be caring. Send love.

So until tomorrow…Let us remember that random acts of kindness are thoughtful and appreciated. However, in these challenging times…planned acts of kindness can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus with little effort on our parts. We aren’t hiding behind our masks…we are visibly letting others know…I care about you.


“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh



The wonderful girls, yesterday, at Time Well Spent took my order over the phone and told me to call them when I got there because they were running my food out to my car for me. How sweet!

***But don’t forget they are also open now for in-door dining or even outside dining if you prefer that…they have gone to a lot of trouble to re-open and make everything safe for you and delicious to eat!!!!

And I lucked up- they had tomato pie on the menu with a side green salad and their famous warm pop-overs. I got that and then went on and ordered the wonderful chicken salad and fruit dinner to refrigerate and have for today-Saturday. Happiness is!



Besides fantastic food…happiness is also my first morning glory bloom of the new season. This was the first year I wasn’t able to get to the nursery to re-plant more morning glories but the old ones have returned and are trying to climb the fence without any trellises…life is determined.


I went out in the garden and started picking flowers to put in two of Honey’s adorable flowers vases…they made me smile and made my day.




I was eating supper when I heard a knock at the door and Gin-g was dropping off some breakfast muffins…yummy! She came in with her mask on and we were able to catch up a little while I finished supper. It’s always good to see old friends and know they are healthy and doing well.


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 Caring Act of Kindness…

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Caring really does mean wearing your mask! We have a wonderful lady at our church that has offered to make masks for anyone that needs them. She and her husband showed up with four masks2 for Mike and 2 for me. That is what caring is all about!
    Love you lots and lots!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      That is our Anne who continues to make and give masks away…I am so happy to have several so I can always keep a new clean one in the car for any quick errands or places I have to go in a hurry. What a gift of giving it is to all of us….using talents and time to help others.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…enjoyed seeing you so much…always fun to spend time with you…love talking and laughing with you…good for the soul.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      It is ….we get “endorphoned” enough to last long enough till the next visit! 🙂 Please remind me to take you to the backyard next visit to see the garden…it is about at its peak!


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