Let’s Roll With It!

Dear Reader:

My son-in-law (John)’s favorite expression is “That’s how we roll.” It usually follows a compliment I have given him about a cook-out he has put on or a surprise…he comes back with “That’s how we roll around here, Boo.”


One of my favorite Presidential expressions (I taught the etymology of) was “Keep the ball rolling.” To find the answer we have to go all the way back to the 1840 Presidential election of William Henry Harrison.

At the time (age 67) he was the oldest candidate to run for office. His detractors tried to use this against him… depicting him in a rocking chair in a log cabin carrying out the business of President…while drinking hard cider since he was a famous war general against the Shawnee tribe…  and well-known for enjoying this “liquid” indulgence.

His campaign manager decided to use the negative innuendos aimed at him and put a positive spin on them. They started selling bottled hard cider and even made an almanac around this idea.

It turned out to be very popular…then this creative manager decided to roll a big ball, decorated with campaign posters, through all the small towns leading up to the party’s convention center.

The idea worked splendidly….people ran out when they heard the ball was going through their town and added more pasted posters to it…so it got bigger and bigger as it went along. The slogan became famously known as “Keep the ball rolling.”

One of the catchiest phrases from the campaign was advertising General Harrison’s victory over the Shawnee Indians at Tippecanoe, Indiana. This popular incident was paired with John Tyler…Harrison’s Vice-Presidential running mate…producing  “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.”


Sadly after all that work…Harrison only lived about a month in office. Historical folklore claimed it was because he gave the longest inaugural address in history in bad weather…caught pneumonia and died. In other words he “talked himself to death.” (A warning to all future Presidents 🙂

John Tyler heard the news that he was  now President while on his knees shooting marbles with some of his fifteen children. Though Tyler was considered a weak unproductive President…his claim to fame was the remarkable “reproductive” personal side of him. His 15th child, Pearl, was born when he was 71 ! 🙂

Later when William H. Harrison’s grandson, Benjamin, ran for President and defeated  Grover Cleveland…he decided to “keep the ball rolling” toousing his grandfather’s famous campaign gimmick…and behold…it worked a second time…though Ben Harrison was pretty ineffectual and defeated after one term…by guess who…Grover Cleveland. *Here’s a photo of Ben’s ball!


When I looked up quotes with the word “roll” or “rolling” I had to laugh…There were so many … all I could think of was that these numerous quotes were “on a roll.” (And as far as “heads roll” well…we have seen a lot of that too in the past few years. 🙂

So until tomorrow…I do think the advice “Roll with it” is a good one ….again we have to let go of what we can’t control, have faith in God that eventually we will come out of these difficult times…stronger and better for going through them …and be better prepared to  “Let the good times roll.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

One other “positive” stemming out of the coronavirus is creativity…everyone is having to ‘think out of the box’ to provide entertainment that is safe for all.

Last night John and Mandy and Walsh and Mollie took their respective kids and cars to park next to each other at the “Holy City” Drive-in at Patriot’s Point…to watch the film “The Secret Life of Pets.”

(I told Mandy I love that all the cousins are able to be together…learning that when times are tough one always has family to fall back on.) *Important lesson and fun memories for the children during these times.

Now come with me to my “Walk-In” lawn tour and you don’t even need any tickets! 🙂





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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6 Responses to Let’s Roll With It!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Oh…I would love to go to another drivr in movie one more time…brings back memories…


  2. Beth Brewer says:

    Oh Becky, I am elated to see Uncle Frank’s vine blooming! With the good care you gave it, the blooms are beautiful. Thank you. You, your blog & garden uplift me!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      The first year I have gotten more than one pitiful “firecracker” bloom…I have been watering it like crazy in these ridiculously hot days of late to keep it going…so far so good! Maybe Uncle Frank is helping me out this year…i sure needed it! 🙂

      Love you Beth!


  3. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    Do you remember our colleague Anthony P. telling us that one of his history professors at the Citadel was John Tyler’s grandson? His grandfather was one of Tyler’s youngest sons with his second wife. True story!

    Roz V


    • Becky Dingle says:

      OMG! I had forgotten! How very cool! Yes…he had eight with one wife who died (from exhaustion I feel sure) and remarried a younger one and seven…with Pearl being the youngest of the 15. So Anthony’s professor was one of Pearl’s brothers obviously. Love my history trivia!!! Thanks for the reminder and hope you and your are all staying safe!


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