My ” House of Cards”

Dear Reader:

One of my favorite times is the evening when the lights come on inside and out …when I look down in my den feeling so lucky that I have such a cozy home to live in. It has taken years to reach this point.

Yet, if I am brutally honest with myself ( don’t you hate those self-talks?) my home is a prime example of too many projects left alone and luck, glue, and scotch tape holding parts together.

Rugs hide warped floors, pictures conceal cracks in the walls, electrical and plumbing problems are a constant plague… if I really want to stay up all night, instead of counting sheep-I can count how much money it would take to fix everything up to the new housing codes these days.

It’s hard to know where to start-because one baby step will turn into a giant leap of building and construction problems. What’s a gal to do?

Take Carol Seavey’s advice on counting! She wrote in her birthday card to me…

” Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.”

Home Sweet Home

So I stopped and took all the title photos of the birthday cards that have arrived this past week and smiled! Carol is so right… nothing has fallen on my head yet and my blessings just grow each year along with me! I needed to be reminded of that fact Carol! Thank you for doing so… and Dee ‘s card always leaves me laughing each year! Such a gift of humor!

” DEE-liciously Funny!”

My week of birth-daying has come to an end. A week ago I was heading to the mountains in the rain and fog… now beautiful fall weather prevails!

The ” children” took me out Saturday evening to eat at GRACE AND GRITS-delicious as usual… then Walsh snd Mollie had me over for Sunday brunch yesterday. Rutledge’s football game got switched at the last minute Saturday due to the Bridge Run but Rutledge saved the game at the last minute and was the hero of the day! I got to hear all about it re-enacted!

John Tommy and Mandy were across from us but major blinking problems! 🤣

Eloise and her brother dancing partners entertained me at brunch!

So until tomorrow… Thank you Father for birthday blessings from Heaven! I am blessed beyond my wildest imagination! Thank you all for making my send-off on my annual trip around the sun so special!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

One of my gifts was a ” Pinkie” replacement bath robe from Kaitlyn -beyond comfy and Mollie got me microwaveable bedroom slippers for warm toes!

Great work girls!! 👍

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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