A “Gilded Lily”…Not Necessary But So Appreciated!

Dear Reader:

I have heard the expression “Gilding the lily” but was never quite sure what it meant.

I decided to research the expression and discovered that the eytymology of the phrase… has been altered from its first original line in one of Shakespeare’s plays.

To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful. The expression is a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in King John: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily… is wasteful and ridiculous excess.” i.e., you wouldn’t need to add gold to a beautiful lily.

In the 19th century…the expression used was to “paint the lily” meaning a beautiful lily doesn’t needed a layer of gold on it or gold paint…it is already perfection…no elaborations needed.

Haven’t we all squirmed under too many gushy compliments at some time or another…even elaborated  thank you’s.…when all that was necessary was just one “Thank you.

Normally I feel that way too…if things get too mushy-gushy…where they start to cross the line… (appearing insincere rather than appreciated from the heart) we grow uncomfortable…too much “too much”..

Yesterday was my first physical in almost two years…I keep forgetting that I started the “quarantine” craze before it even became popular  two years ago?

(*I got to have a practice run on being quarantined when my foot surgery went astray…infection set in…I actually experienced more pain in that foot than I have from the accumulation of  twelve years of different cancer treatments. ) 🙂

Then while I was using the wound-vac and other medieval instruments of pain…my car was stolen…twice ….from the same teenager….so even when I was given the okay to drive again…I had no vehicle to drive.

It all worked out eventually…like it always does…but I did miss a lot of medical visits that had to be postponed, outside of my oncologist, for a few months.

I was a little concerned what the blood work numbers might show ..I have had acid reflux, (which I have never had since my last pregnancy- I think we can rule out I am pregnant, however! ) 🙂

On-going indigestion problems (added to the list) which are typical of Verzenio’s side effects…but mostly my concern lays with my complete lethargic self! No matter how much sleep at night or rest during the day I get…I just felt tired all the time and listless. That is not me…I can give “perky” a run for the money. What was causing it…my case of the “May-lay-Waste-A-ways?”

The farther Dr. Montoya got through going over the blood work outcome numbers with me…the most excited she became…not only were the numbers good…as Tony the Tiger would say…“They were GREAT!” I don’t know who was more excited and/or relieved…her or me! 🙂

Since returning home yesterday afternoon I have pondered this happy news while still shaking my head in disbelief. I think I must have just come down with a double-whammy of monotonous   “hot weather blues”  with a dash of  “quarantine” quandary.”  *The combination is not good! Avoid it if you can!

We were both giggling like school girls at the end of the reading… then suddenly Dr. Montoya gave me an A+ and then decided to “gild the lily” with another + AND a happy face…signed by her.

I can hardly wait to take it to my oncologist, Dr. Jeter, Monday morning…since I have to have blood work done again and an office visit…to show her my primary doctor’s reaction!

gild the lily. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful. to praise someone inordinately.

I must say I am still reeling with delight at the “inordinate amount of praise and congratulations” I got! In a situation like this…any doctor can “gild my lily” as often as they wish!!!!!! It made my day! Thank you and your staff, Dr. Montoya, for just being you!


So until tomorrow….

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Look What Came Yesterday? Perfect timing…My Prayer Tree Plaque! As I was digging the hole for the stake to go in….I thanked the tree for the good news yesterday! Now I need to find some heavy duty index cards that would fit in plastic covers to hang on the branches…in case we ever get any rain! )

***The Prayer Tree completed my first prayer….a prayer for rain…A little after 10 last night the rains fell…today I will finally have  a “Get Out of Jail” free pass…no watering today! 🙂

I can’t say good-bye without a beauty of two to share with you.



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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9 Responses to A “Gilded Lily”…Not Necessary But So Appreciated!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    So glad that all went well at the doctor visit…know it was a relief. Prayers for a good report on Monday.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you…it was such a relief…just have to go back in a couple of weeks for the second pneumonia shot they now want us to have because of the respiratory side effects of the Covid virus.- be glad to oblige! Check…now one more medical visit…and hopefully I am checked off for a few weeks…it always feels like a school break when I have a week or two without something medical going on. 🙂


  2. Jo dufford says:

    So wonderful that you got A plus twice and a happy face. Dr. Montoya is the best doctor ever. Your flowers are so beautiful, and they seem to keep on blooming. Of course, you take good care of your flowers. Hope your next appointment goes great. I had my first online appointment with a doctor. He said, “How are you?”, and true to form, I answered, “Fine and how are you?” Donna gave me the look since she set that up , so we finally got around to hearing Some tests results, and sure enough I was fine. Hope your energy will return soon. Love your prayer tree plaque.


  3. Beverly Dufford says:

    Sent message from the phone, but apparently it didn’t go through. So glad you got such a great report from Dr. Montoya. Isn’t she just the best ever? I won’t send whole message just in case it decides to go through one day. ( Our standing joke, “I will stay away from that wheelbarrow because I know that I know nothing about machinery.”)


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Too cute…must steal it from you…you will probably see it written soon in a future blog post…I am the worst at mechanics and tilt the barrow over every time…I end up just having to pick up what I can with my hands and arms….and do it again and again.


  4. Sis Kinney says:

    Hi Becky!
    Glad you had such a glowing health report and blood work from Dr. Montoya! A good report from a doc is always beneficial! I never knew Dr. Montoya, but when I did a long-term sub in Cama Rice’s 1st grade class, Sarah Montoya was in that class. Such a sweet, sweet child! THAT was a long time ago!!
    Hope your next doc visit goes as smoothly!
    I’m having a total left shoulder replacement on August 18th! Had lots of pain and finally got an MRI and the ortho doc was “shocked” at how bad my shoulder is; they’d just figured it was tendinitis, based on the x-rays. Then, I’ll go back to see the oncologist the week after the surgery for MY 3-mo. blood work check and hope all will be well with that. Too many aches and pains to mention now, but wanted you to know about the shoulder so I can get some prayers for that? Is that what your prayer tree is for? Sign me up!
    Love your flower photos! Especially those huge daisy-like flowers; I know they’re not daisies, but not sure what they are, but they are really gorgeous! I’m starting to get some of my new day lilies to bloom and the glads that I planted in the front (from a mixed-bag bought at Aldi!). Love the colors!
    Stay well!
    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Sis…you are always in my prayers but will concentrate now on the shoulder and will send you a picture of my prayer to you on the tree next week. 🙂 Waiting on getting the paper and plastic folders.


  5. Carolyn Daniels says:

    Dr. Montoya is the Best. Can’t imagine a better GP.


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