Cravings and Combo’s

Dear Reader:

While looking for a pair of loafers at the back of my closet, I found one of my favorite pumpkins… looking sad and forlorn… hidden behind boxes. I took it out… gave it a good dusting and set it on the place of honor…the dining table pumpkin plate. …the black and white design immediately made me think of Mary Engelbreit’s popular style of using black and white patterns in children’s book illustrations and home decor.

As I settled back in my cozy pumpkin haven… a damp misty day settled in around me. I was in for the count… or was I ? The mind is a funny thing… black and white…. zebra… ice cream cone!

I really tried talking myself out of this ridiculous temptation, on a cool damp misty afternoon- but it was too late… I had to have one… a Zebra ice cream cone… so off I went to TASTEE FREEZ! Yum!!! Yum!!!!

I splurged and got a waffle cone this time and then remembered a story about how ice cream and cones came to meet. It was 1904 at the St Louis World’s Fair. It was a stifling summer day and Ernest Hamsun, an immigrant from Syria, was having no luck selling hot Persian waffles to the sweltering crowds. But at the next booth, Arno Fornachau was dishing out ice cream ( selling like hotcakes 😂)

Then it happened… Arno ran out of plates… what to do? Ernest quickly rolled a cone out of a waffle and the ice cream scooped in… an immediate success!

Remember the other day… when we discussed the meaning behind the quotation ” Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This is especially true when it comes to recognizing original inventors to their inventions. Immediately… on the same day… at the same fair other waffle and ice cream vendors appeared claiming to be the first that day to scoop ice cream into waffles.

Beginnings and endings … connections galore! One good idea spreads quickly… just like vanilla and chocolate are separately wonderful-together divine!

God has known this from the beginning… all His diversified children are beautiful in His eyes … combined with the love of others … the complete family of creation.

Here is a cute black and white combo-Winnie and George!

Kaitlyn’s and Tommy’s new adopted dog -one pound George with John and Mandy’s Winnie! Welcome to the family George!
Jake welcoming George-as Mandy babysat for Kaitlyn’s little dog Friday
Another new ” family member” …cousin George meeting Eva Cate!

So until tomorrow… as beautiful as autumn is… if all the leaves were just one color-it would be pretty but…God uses autumn to teach us that it is the diversity of colors that make autumn the most magical, amazing season of all! How many examples must God give us… before we ” get it?” We are all, no matter race or color, beautiful in His eyes! Together… even more so!

Today us my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

A shout-out to Anne Peterson…. Happy Birthday Anne! She is in the mountains this birthday weekend and she saw color ( besides the tree colors) … black bears!

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 Cravings and Combo’s

  1. Rachel Edwards says:


  2. Sis Kinney says:

    That’s funny you should mention about the waffle cone at the 1904 being the first. We’ve always heard the story from Bobby that the waffle cone was invented by Doumar’s – a restaurant that’s in Norfolk, VA (where Bobby grew up) – at the 1904 World’s Fair. Here’s the link to their story: Funny coincidence. No matter what, you got your “zebra cone” didn’t you!!
    Tommy & Kaitlyn’s new dog is SO tiny!! I’d be afraid I’d accidentally sit on it!
    The color is mostly gone from where we are (which means “leaf peepers” are also gone! – which means less traffic, especially on Blue Ridge Parkway); but there’s still plenty of color as you go down the mountains – like to Morganton or Marion. With rain earlier today it might all disappear sooner. It was a gorgeous year for color!!
    Much love,


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