February…the “Refreshing” Month

Dear Reader:

Since the monsoons decided to call the lowcountry winter of 2021 “home” for the past several weeks… with at least another week to go…the time inside has given me an unusual amount of “relaxation” time.

Still that “Scot” ancestry in me is always whispering that I should  get up and do whatever chores need accomplishing for that day…and as we all know…house chores are a constant part of life…forget them for too long and you come to regret it immensely.

But even after dishes, mopping, sweeping, washing, drying, folding, making up beds, etc….with Covid19 still lurking in the shadows…I find myself more hesitant now about being out and about in this rain much. I end up making do with whatever eatable scraps are around the house for as long as I can…thank goodness for peanut butter!

I am in count-down mode….Wednesday is my appointment for my second Covid vaccination…I feel like I am rounding third and running for home…don’t want to trip up now…not this close to home base. What a sense of relief will prevail following the second vaccine!

I have been fortunate to have found some great reading materials…just the perfect stories for this long damp rainy hiatus.

Even though I haven’t been able to get out in my garden as I normally would in past years to observe the first signs of spring…the world of imagination (through reading) has provided countless hours of traveling to other parts of the world and enjoying different brogues and customs along the way.

On evenings when the fire is roaring, the rain is coming down…and I have a good book…life is beautiful…safe, secure, and comforting.

To “refresh” means to give new strength or energy to a circumstance; to reinvigorate. 

In tech terms…I wouldn’t even be finishing up my second Covid vaccine this week if John hadn’t been able to keep “refreshing” the computer… thus keeping the link open… to get a Covid vaccine appointment at Publix for me.

I think it was quite invigorating at 6:00 that morning, back in January, keeping the line open to make as many appointments for as many  eligible family members as possible. (*All the available area appointments were filled up in little over an hour for two days worth of appointments per vaccine.) Whew! Thank you Mandy and John!

I really do feel stronger…I have rested, taken my medicines, and kept my spirits up with favorite shows, lovely phone conversations with family and friends, shared cartoons and laughter together…with one avail…looking forward to the day when Covid19 will be a distant memory.

And there is no doubt…a part of us will miss the slower-paced life and will need to re-adjust… hopefully we will be rested and ready for it.

So until tomorrow….

Let us take the positive we find in all circumstances that come our way, into our lives…Let us seek out the advantages in each and reappear stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from the gift of time…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

After Anne “refreshed” the lettering on the HOPE letters for the deck…she took another sign and did the same thing. When she dropped by a few days ago…she told me to find any more plaques or sayings that needed some letter brighteners for the new spring garden…she loved doing it! (And I love her doing it! 🙂

By the time the monsoons finish and the sun returns…my garden will look like it got a new “paint job”…fresh and bright. In the meantime I will keep finding signs of spring hiding in the plants.







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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