A Long Awaited Rendezvous…


Dear Reader:

When I “laid my eyes” on my college roommate, my sister in all ways but biological, my friend forever-Brookie…I knew Covid had to take a backseat…while we physically hugged.

I told God we needed Him to protect us for just a few hours while we got caught up. We realized that we haven’t seen each other since February when we were all at the Pawleys Island retreat. Wow! We have never, ever gone that long without seeing each other.

When Brooke burst through the door it was like a long-awaited breath of fresh air …waffling in happiness and joy. The kick-off to my birthday has started! Look at the gorgeous, gigantic yellow mum she brought!

We went out on the patio to talk and catch up….Honey I decorated one of your vases with garden flowers and that was my “surcie’ to Brooke for taking time out of her busy schedule with her son, Riley’s upcoming birthday…to spend Saturday with me.

If we could  just have had Jackson and Libby…the circle would have been complete….but we are already planning for the next retreat as soon as everyone has their “bells on their toes” back on and hopefully Covid has turned the corner and starting to slink away.

Showing up for life…making time for friends and family has got to be one of the most important aspects of the usage of our short time here on earth…nothing is more appreciated…calls, texts, emails, videos, are nice but nothing will ever take the place of human contact and friendship.

How many of us wish we had carved out more time for a grandparent, aunt or uncle, neighbor, etc. who was always there for us….and even though we loved them we took their presence and love for granted…until the day they were no longer with us. Not making time for others…always ends in regret.

The Importance of Making Time for Others- article- Kari78

Make spending time with people extremely important in your life. The more importance you give to meeting up with someone, the more likely you will be to do it – no matter what else happens.

  • Remind yourself of how important they are to you.
  • Remind yourself of how valuable spending time with them is to your happiness.
  • Remind yourself how much they love you and support you.
  • Remind yourself how much they need you!
  • Remind yourself of how important strong relationships are for your happiness.
  • ……………………………………………………………………………………………

I want to thank Harriett Edwards for sharing the title visual message on Facebook (love it!)…After Brooke left I realized that I had just experienced a glorious day when fall weather descends with cool breezes and a different scent outside…no sticky humidity…just the smell of fresh sheets hanging on the line! What a good day to be alive for sure!!!! No complaints at all…just deliriously happy for friendship that have lasted a lifetime to date.

So until tomorrow….

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


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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2 Responses to A Long Awaited Rendezvous…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Absolutely right…spending time with loved ones is one of my favorite things to do…


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