“We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home”

Dear Reader:

Two God Winks appeared yesterday.

First…In one of my “Kindness” sites (that pop up weekly with stories of random acts of kindness)…the message, this week, talked about how important it is for humans to take time to be with each other and help each other through all the obstacles of life on earth… since we are all on the same time-line…alive on this planet during our one and only visit to it.

In other words…” We are all just walking each other home.” 

I love that phrase and immediately my thoughts wandered back to Erskine College. Upon reflection…the most romantic dates I think I had  never consisted of gallivanting around in cars to travel off campus…like to  Starnes to dance the night away (though it was fun!)…or trips anywhere else for entertainment…My most romantic memories were being with a date walking around campus…maybe to the drug store for ice cream or even a study session in the library and then having the date ask if he could walk me back to my dorm.

It was (and still is) just something so sweet about holding hands and walking together, talking together…really getting to know another person on a beautiful campus, especially in the spring or fall.

Today, however, as life pushes us forward along our personal time lines…I really connected to the “Editor’s Thoughts” on this theme today. (Spotlight on Kindness)

“The very nature of life is riddled with ups and downs. Sometimes we lose our way or our sense of self. Sometimes our circumstances or the world around us devours us like a tidal wave. With the ground beneath our feet no longer supporting us, the path forward feels uncertain. It is in those moments that someone shows up and points us in the right direction. It rarely matters if its’ a friend, loved one, or complete stranger. Those moments when the haziness clears…when we no longer feel lost…is a sacred time. We find ourselves again. We are home.”

…And my second God Wink?

The sun was out yesterday…you have no idea how happy that statement makes me. It was the first day in quite awhile we actually had a sunny day. It is amazing how the sun and light affects our happiness levels.

I left to get some gas in my car and upon re-entering the porch there was an Amazon package…it felt like there was a book inside…but I was puzzled…I hadn’t ordered any books since before Christmas.

I should have known…Jo Dufford! Jo…you have “walked me home so many times” with your thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity…  this was just another example.

The name of the book inside was “Daily Splashes of Joy”…one happy message for each day of the new year! Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I immediately turned in the book to today’s date…January 15…and I began to suspect that the book had already read yesterday’s post on the Ya’s and friendship… because this was the first line in today’s thoughts.

“Friends help us by their willingness to laugh at the goofiness that unexpectedly pops into our lives to bright the dark places.”

Libby and Jackson….do you happen to see an unique connection in this  anecdote that follows?

One woman was being taken back to the her room from surgery where her friend waited for her. The patient was now wearing a wig from chemotherapy but it had been removed during the surgery and placed on her lap.

Her friend in the room ran up to help her get it placed back on her head. The patient was aware enough  to understand what her friend was trying to do.

She put my wig on me and when I reached up to see if it was okay…I said, “Marge, you’ve got it on backwards.”

“She replied, “Are you sure?”

I said,  “Yes…my bangs don’t curl upward?'”

“Well thirty years ago they did…and you were so proud of your “wings!”

So until tomorrow….As my new book says…

Ulcers can’t grow while you’re laughing.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

The garden never lets me down…winter resting time or not…some plants just need to show off….especially “red” colored plants…they aren’t a primary color for no reason. They love the attention!





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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3 Responses to “We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home”

  1. Beverly Dufford says:

    So glad the book got there. I have several of her books, and for a lady that has had her share of sadness, she still knows how to put a smile on my face. As for holding hands, that was something I missed so much when Joe was no longer beside me. When I would see a couple holding hands, at first, I felt that little longing, but then, I would think about the couple and quietly wish that they would always appreciate being able to do that. No words necessary, a hand holding another says everything.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Exactly…the Beatles did have it right “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”….there is something so intimate and close about clasping someone else’s hand…a bond that is trusting and comfortable at the same time…as if the other person’s hand was made just for us…and vice-versa.

      You amaze me always Jo with your kindness and love…and yes your “surcies” that always make me smile, laugh, and sometimes shed a tear of gratitude for having you in my life. Thank you…so excited about reading the messages each day this year and having a good laugh! I will put this book to good use…sharing it with all of you!


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a sweet message from Jo. You are right…she always lifts others us wherever she may go. Love the story of the wig. Happy Friday.


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