Is Your House Proud of YOU?

” I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”-LINCOLN

Dear Reader:

I am just not quite ready to send Lincoln back into the recesses of my cranium treasure memory ” attic.”

When I saw this ( title quote) reversing the assessment of our homes…using human feeling by letting our home assess us… I knew Lincoln’s creative wit and unique perspective had nailed it again.

Oh … how I love my home!

We have all heard ” design experts” encourage us to let our homes reflect our essence and personalities. If I had to assess my home it would be … shabby chic, ( emphasis on shabby/ old) a lover of primary bright colors, ( orange and yellow) bright cushions… flowers everywhere, and pictures of flowers and framed photos of family… with open windows letting light in and books everywhere! After all… they are my best friends!

Now let’s pause and think… if something happened to us and we were gone… would our house, our home be proud of us and who once lived here. Would perspective buyers feel the happiness and love that dwelt here?

Visitors and tourists feel this when touring the Lincoln Historic Home place in Springfield, Illinois. Before “President “was added to his title… Springfield remembered Lincoln as devoted husband, a fun, adoring father and popular neighbor and community leader.

Amy Robach, GMA reporter, visiting the Galápagos Islands, showed us their oldest giant tortoise …who was alive when Lincoln lived! Mind-blowing!

*If only this tortoise could talk!”

So until tomorrow… ” The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.”

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

Remember… when we take time to add flowers, bushes, trees, and gardens around our homes we are , in a sense, sharing the love we feel toward our home with family, friends, neighbors, visitors and even just people passing by…

RANUNCULOUS! Or just call them by nickname-Buttercups!
Our beautiful yellow jessamine

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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1 Response to Is Your House Proud of YOU?

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤….wanted you to know that Julie stepped into Heaven last night…


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