A New Dawn…A New Possibility

Dear Reader:

Yesterday turned out to be a day full of possibilities...with all the credit going to Jeff Quire…my yard maintenance extraordinaire!

Ever since we first moved to 100 Rainbow Road…the perimeter between my house and my neighbor’s house on the corner has been a “jungle.” A mixture of bamboo from one rental house that sat for a long time abandoned while the bamboo took over…but also a mixture of wild camellias and other natural beauties fighting for survival.

Jeff arrived and for almost four hours bravely went where no other yard manager has dared…taking down “wanna be” shrubs who dreamed once of being trees…twisted “ropes” that look more like branches that vines. He hacked, sawed, and “buzzed” as much away as possible.

When I went out to look I was thrilled…I haven’t seen that much driveway on the right side of the yard since we moved there back in the early eighties. Jeff is also getting a friend to take down some much needed dangerous oak branches that could endanger my roof and chimney.

As Jeff began talking to me about some other “possibilities” for the future and expanded gardens…I just smiled…a lawn “possibilitarian!” 🙂 Who knew? God sent me just the right person to help my dreams along.

…Ideas of clearing out sections of the jungle to plant gardenias along with the moon flowers….his possibilities were endless.

Yesterday was, also, “Ash Wednesday”… traditionally the start of the Lent season …six weeks of penitence before Easter. A day of prayer and fasting…once again my prayers turned to gratitude…for having just the right people show up in my life to help me surround myself in beauty on every side of the house…not just the back garden.

Yesterday was also a personal/ historical benchmark day for me ….I got my second moderna vaccination! I felt like I did on graduation day…I wanted to jump up and run around Publix yelling “I did it…I did it…I really, finally did it!”




The sun peeked out for about an hour yesterday and then decided to hang it up…but even with just a little sun…Mollie…look at the potted surprises you gave me…some little yellow smiles are forming and striped surcies!

So until tomorrow

“The Essence of Living is…Giving!”

“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 New Dawn…A New Possibility

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Oh happy day! We are getting our 1st one Sunday…Lord willing and the creek doesn’t rise…your yard looks wonderful. Looking forward to getting ice cream.


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