Bonding Words that Outlive Life

Dear Reader:

On ” Ellen” the other afternoon she had a brother and sister who are trying to get a fun word accepted into the dictionary-the word is ORBISCULATE-that moment when citrus fruit accidentally hits you in the eye-ouch!

The two siblings, Jonathan and Hilary Krueger grew up hearing the word, especially at the breakfast table, originally from their father Neil Krueger, a biotech scientist who died a year ago from complications of Covid-19.

Whenever a ” citrus attack” took place everyone would scream the word out together and start laughing-it was kind of an unusual ‘ family tradition.’

Both Jonathan and Hillary grew up assuming everyone knew this word. It wasn’t until Hillary was in her twenties and said the word in front of a friend who shook her head and declared it was not in the dictionary and wagered a friendly five dollar bet.

Hillary was shocked to discover this much beloved fun word was not a ‘ real’ word.

She contacted her brother and together they confronted their father Neil who confessed to the “creation.” After he died from complications stemming from Covid 19 they thought what a great tribute to him it would be to get the word accepted in the dictionary.

So the campaign began … with a website , t-shirts, getting the word put in crossroad puzzles, cocktails and grapefruit spoons.

But the story doesn’t stop there… after their beloved fun father they were able to pay all the funeral expenses but discovered many other families weren’t as fortunate. Many households were out of work and their sadness over the loss of a family member deepened in depression and frustration at the high cost of funeral expenses.

So all proceeds go to Carson’s Village-an organization that helps families with resources after a loss.

They are hoping Ben and Jerry ice cream will have a citrus flavored ice cream named Orbisculate and perhaps even Hamilton will get ” orbisculated” on stage in a few lyrics!

So until tomorrow…the more people use this word and get it in circulation … the closer the Kriegers get to a way of honoring their father and giving back to those who need our help in their darkest days.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday my two words were prayer and hope for Betsy -Libby’s daughter. I mentioned in an earlier post that she was having scary ” attacks” where her heart rate was out of control – due to side effects from all the medicines Betsy has to take to keep her metabolism balanced after her rare cancerous thyroid and parathyroid were removed.

As this post is finishing up Betsy’s delicate procedure on her heart is still on- going -please keep her in your prayers and I will update you tomorrow!

Betsy is tough like the poor hosta plant that got eaten by a rabbit less than week ago-now look at the healing!

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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6 Responses to Bonding Words that Outlive Life

  1. lisakunk says:

    I needed this happy tale today. Thanks for sharing. I shall begin using this word as often as possible. I had heard this story when it first came out but thanks for the reminder. And prayers for sure. I have Afib and had a cardiac ablation in December to help my crazy little heart settle down. It’s a scary thing. I hope her surgery helps.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Betsy’s procedure was a cardiac ablation also…but they ran into problems when they found the two areas misfiring and went to burn the vessels carrying the wrong electric messages…she started moving…had to sedate her with anethesia and then afibs started…it was about a five hour procedure….now we are praying this procedure, along with, new medicines will take take care of it…like you said it is a scary thing…just not knowing when it will strike again and where.

      • lisakunk says:

        I was completely under anesthesia from begin to end. Had a thermometer down my throat to guard from heat damage to esophagus. That was a huge fear for me. Took a good three months to stop having many breakthrough episodes that I hardly felt or slept through. I wish her well.

  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the word…hope their plan works…think tjeir plan is a good one. Prayers for Betsy too.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you…long procedure…ran into obstacles they didn’t foresee but we are all praying they were able to take care of it along with some new medicines.

  3. Lynn Gamache says:

    Wonderful story involving this fun-loving brother and sister who have a wonderful goal to honour their father’s life. So special to hear of their desire to aid others through these difficult Covid days which are taking some of the most precious people from our family circles. Blessings on them and on you too, Becky. Please keep sharing these heart-warming stories. God is at work. He is alive and well….and He is the same yesterday, today and forever!!

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