” I Am Grateful For…”

Dear Reader:

I suppose , in the hierarchy of global decision-making skills, one small decision I made this autumn, falls short of being earth-shattering to the world… but, in my world, it was a decision that made me pause yesterday and then give myself a self-congratulatory pat on the back for making it. Let’s just say I am grateful, in many ways, for the change. .. every little thing.

What was it? The day I shared with you that this year, for the first time, Halloween decor was restricted to two or three pieces on the B&B side and one Jack o’ lantern on the porch. Halloween decor out… pumpkins ( lots and lots of pumpkins) in… most importantly I was going to start being thankful earlier and my largest wall decor said GATHER!

For the first time in decades I didn’t have to completely take down Halloween decorations yesterday to prepare for Thanksgiving. What a precious gift of time… everything can just stay the same… through Thanksgiving holidays! O Happy me! ( the only item that went back in the closet was the mailbox witch… she WAS cute!)

I had to smile contentedly as I passed homes where owners were on stepladders pulling down lights, ghosts, bats, vampires, monsters, spiders, and witches who had ” supposedly” run into the sides of trees!

But the best decision I made yesterday belongs to my last group of trick or treaters… It was 8:00 and I was trying to talk myself into turning off the porch and yard lights since mine were the only ones still left on in a street of darkness… in hindsight… thank goodness I was slow in doing so…

I had just gotten to the storm door when I felt movement on the porch. There were two girls on the porch… the older one had walked over to the other door which was locked and the lights out. As she turned at my voice I could see tears in her eyes… her little sister though was still grinning and jumping up and down with a little pink tu tu around her pants…

Suddenly a car door slammed and and this woman started up the sidewalk… she was the mother and apologizing … she had to work late and the girls were upset because they had no costumes and now all the lights had been turned off… mine was the only one so far they had found still on…

” Well you picked the right house ” I exclaimed ” I just found another bag of candy a little while ago and was wondering how I was going to get rid of it… ( I had gotten ” boo’ed” by three neighbors and had a pretty hefty selection of goodies.” )

They held up two paper bags and thankfully I was able to fill them up pretty good! So when I read this message that CB Guess had found and put on FB …it struck home with me.

So until tomorrow…

Halloween: a day when we get it right. Strangers come to us, beautiful, ugly, odd, or scary, and we accept them all without question, compliment them, treat them kindly, and give them good things. Why don’t we live like that? ( Steve G. Holmes) AMEN!

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

November Garden Beauties

I sent this cartoon to Tommy and Kaitlyn… a lot of truth in it…” If the world is going to the dogs… that is probably a very good thing! 😂

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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3 Responses to ” I Am Grateful For…”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a sweet story…glad you still had candy. I did the same thing this year but I actually put out all my pumpkins in mid Sept…turned a few around that were Jack o Lanterns for Halloween …picked up all 3 today and added my pilgrim candlesticks to my dining room table decorations of pumpkins…love it…too pictures of it all so I can remember next yeat… 😘


  2. Beth Brewer says:

    A true God wink that your lights were still on for those girls! Every year I do a little less decorating-for all holidays!


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