National Hug A Friend Day

Dear Reader:

Don’t you love it when you take a chance… and it all works out? Yesterday when I heard on the radio that it was Give a Friend a Hug Day I knew the universe was winking-go for it!

This is Brooke-my long-time friend and “sister ” in every-way –

birthday week and I decided to surprise her by driving to Walterboro and sharing an early unexpected celebration!

I almost chickened out on the trip when the ” what-if’s ” started trying to talk me out if it by saying she could be gone-having a doctor appointment in Charleston or taking her husband Ted to one but after hearing it was Give a friend a hug Day-I felt like this surprise was going to work! And it did!

I opened the door-called out Brooke’s name and it was squeals of delight and laughter from that moment on!

We had her gift giving on the back porch-some earrings Brooke wanted, flowers and Honey I finally got your Christmas bird feeder to her much to her delight!

But the best part was HUGGING! Finally we got to hug and communicate without a mask-we agreed those gifts were the best of all!

We rode around to parks – gorgeous day – had a birthday lunch and just laughed-we hadn’t seen each other since last September for my birthday …draped in masks and distancing ourselves!

I took a chance and it paid off-sometimes the universe gives us a long overdue wink!

So until tomorrow… The world would be very dull if we never took a chance on happiness -especially with a friend you met on the first day of college, who became your roommate, friend, and sister for life!

” Today is my favorite day”

It is also’s Eva Cate’s official birthday-oh so many memories and so much to be grateful to still be here to watch my garden of grandchildren grow!

Eleven Years Old Today!

Don’t ever worry Eva Cate-if you get lost… Boo Boo will always find you-that is what grandmothers are for…

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 National Hug A Friend Day

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    What a wonderful day! Hugs are truly part of our DNA. Happy Birthday to Eva Cate!
    Sending a virtual hug and lots of love!!😘


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you…did the blog on my mobile phone and apparently the battery ran down and none of my pictures of everyone got on…will send you the one of Brooke holding her bird feeder….she was so excited…I had sent her a photo at Christmas of your gift… thinking surely we would get together soon after…and it never happened but now we can hug! It was worth the wait..


  2. Rachel Edwards says:



  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Back at ya! 🙂


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