“Handle it, Handle it, Handle it!”

Dear Reader:

How many of you remember the old comedy sitcom Carter Country?

If so…you might, also, recall it was supposedly set near Jimmy Carter’s home site…(since he was President during the two-year-run of this comedy) in fictional “Carter Country.”

It included a really outstanding acting cast that kept this sitcom going… I remember laughing so hard sometimes I literally fell off the sofa.

The one character who rose above all the others…ended up being “The Mayor” (Mayor Teddy Burnside) who always introduced himself to members of the public as “Teddy Burnside… your mayor by a landslide.” 


The most laughs came from the mayor to everyone working in law enforcement to “Handle it, Handle it!”

“The character of Mayor Burnside coined a minor catchphrase with his manic “Handle it, Roy, handle it!”… used when delegating various details to Chief Mobey… such as fixing a parking ticket for a prominent citizen.

If Mobey protested or asked any further questions, Burnside would stifle further discussion with a dismissive hand gesture and a further “Handle it, handle it, handle it!”

I have noticed, recently, in most medical waiting rooms that all the magazines and newspapers have disappeared. In trying to keep chairs and tables clean from Covid…I am sure they were a deterrent/nuisance to maintaining sanitized side tables by chairs and sofas in waiting rooms.

But one time… (Pre-Covid)…while waiting to be called back…(at the Oncology Center) I was looking for a magazine to read to “kill time“- any fashion or local magazine depicting pictures of homes, interior decorating ideas, clothing fashions and/or landscapes of the lowcountry would have sufficed .

But they had all been taken…the only magazines left were the cancer magazines…Believe me…if you have cancer… the last thing you want to read is an article on cancer.

But this time, in desperation, I grabbed a cancer magazine… and discovered (to my delight) that it was different. It had articles on faith and hope…besides just new studies and clinical trials on treating different cancers.

And then I read a quote I loved so much…I felt like it was a God Wink for me…so I wrote it down and used it in a blog post several years back….it said.

“God will, very likely, give you more than you can handle. He will not, however, give you more than He can handle.”

Even after all these years I still get nervous before an appointment when the “monster” what if’s enter my mind and hold it hostage.

“What if they find another tumor or one has increased in size or my hemoglobin or kidney numbers are off…and so on and so on and so on.”

It is then I say my silent prayer...”God I know this situation is out of my control…but not Yours…please be with me and see me through these medical reports…I put my healing in Your Hands and oh…please God… just Handle it, Handle it, Handle it.” 🙂

So until tomorrow…

I think we should all make ourselves some homemade cardboard cut-out “passes” that we can pull any day we need them…which gives us permission to pass our troubles onto God to solve  our problems.

I have a funny feeling that if we give these “God Wink” passes on to friends…they will be used regularly. A ‘spirit-lifting surcie’!) 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

I remember hearing on some commercial, in the past few weeks, that one of the new health issues plaguing Americans today is not smoking…but sitting too much for prolonged periods …it, too, can cause long-term health issues. (*I wish I had never heard that line…because every time I sit down now I feel guilty.)

Because by evening…I am ready to plop and I so love my time sitting in my recliner reading a good book or watching an entertaining show on television…I treat this time as my reward for checking off that day’s to do list… or most of it.

These days, with the shutters tightly closed at night…I feel safe and secure…and happy snuggled up in my own little world.






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 “Handle it, Handle it, Handle it!”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…I do not remember this show but your blog brought back memories of Mother who always worked the polls. When Jimmy Carter tan the poll manager was Dr. Tony Eastman a professor in the Social Scienes Department. He ran a very efficient operation but on that day he was so busy that it didnt notice until the polls closed that Mother had a bowl of peanuts where people signed in. He asked Mother how long they had been there and she smiled and told him all day. He teasingly scolded her for the power of suggestion and she pleaded innocence and said she just thought folks would like a snack. Thus were the good ole days and they both remained great friends and they continued running the polls.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I remember you telling me that story and I still chuckle to myself about it…can you imagine today…it would have made the headlines or opening television news of another example of “psychological brain-control elusive malpractices” committed by poll workers!” 🙂

      It was such a cute story (I remember the Jimmy Carter Peanut Train)…in fact…just last night I was craving something salty…I wanted salted pecan bits and pieces. Isn’t it weird how we get salty cravings some times…to be followed by something sweet? Of maybe its just me…but I would have given anything for a can of salted peanuts, mixed nuts, or my favorite pecans last night.

      Have a beautiful day…isn’t it gorgeous? 🙂


  2. Lynn Gamache says:

    Yes, so wonderful to know and to have experienced God’s loving care through many years (74 now!) As a new year begins what comfort to know that He continues ever faithful and never changes. And He also assures us that “as our days, so shall our strength be….” AND, Psalm 42 asks us more than once: “Why am I discouraged, why so sad…I will HOPE in God and praise Him again, my Saviour and my God”….This is my comfort today and my encouragement for you, fresh from His Word. Have a beautiful Sunday, Becky. And bless you for continually writing to encourage others to look up and press on. Blessings and love, Lynn
    P.S. starting to snow here in beautiful British Columbia today….I’m so glad that not all of our Christmas decorations are down as yet. AND have been inspired to think about Valentine’s Day coming so soon. I wasn’t well enough in Nov./December to put up a tree and decorate every nook and cranny as I usually enjoy doing. We had a VERY simple Christmas with me doing no shopping or Christmas baking….thus very few “extras”….but learned joyful contentment thru it all!
    However, now have been feeling energetic enough again to think about preparing a nice, full-course meal and having our farm family right here in for a meal with us. So, the date is set: next Sat. the 30th. And my hope is that we cut a tree this week (we live on a small Christmas tree farm so don’t have to go far!) and decorate it simply with white lights and red
    & white ornaments….and PRESTO! We will have a Valentine tree and a Valentine party just a couple of weeks early!!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So sorry to hear you have ‘been under the weather’ but now so happy to hear your health is improving and you are feeling like celebrating this progress with a family meal and a belated Christmas/Valentine tree! What a novel idea! May your health continue to steadily improve so by spring you will be the ‘bouncing bunny!’


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