The Three Stages of Aging-Thingamajig, Whatchamacallit, and Whatnot!

Dear Reader:

Las Vegas comedian, George Wallace, has written a new comedy book -so he has been on certain talk shows and he mentioned that the reason he used’ Whatnot’ in his title was so if he forgot what he wrote while being interviewed, he could just end his train of thought with ” and whatnot.”

Whatnot is a catch-all word for nondescript items that are similar in appearance. Originally a whatnot was a term for an open set of shelves for holding bric-a-brac.

But soon the term became synonymous with the bric-a-brac itself-objects that were similar as in – this shelf holds candles, wine glasses and whatnot. ( same as etc. -when you can’t remember a whole list. )

Isn’t it frustrating when you are talking to someone in person or on a call and you find yourself playing charades with the other person over a name?

” Oh you know who I am talking about-that really really big teacher in fourth grade who looked like she had swallowed another person and the rumor got out she ate bad children so we were terrified of her -she had a plural name… oh shoot-whatchamacallut! That’s it!!!!

Mrs. Persons-appropriately named since we thought more than one person was inside her!”

These days my ‘ etc’ or/ and ‘ whatnot’ consists of pumpkins-lots and lots of pumpkins!

So until tomorrow… the next time you forget a name while talking… just remember you are alive, life is grand, happiness and joy surround you and most importantly God loves you-He never forgets your name… Fill yourself with gratitude, blessings, love and whatnot!

” Today is my favorite day and whatnot! Winnie the Pooh

* If you are like me -not wanting to get pushed into Christmas before Halloween-enjoy this cartoon!

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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