Girls Night Out…

Dear Reader:

Since today is our trip to Columbia to see the ” one that got left behind” (Libby) this retreat year due …to an unforgettable and unfortunate fall…we decided to take the beach to her… to spend a fun day together picking up lunch and just sharing time together!!!

So then we made another decision to go ahead and have our seafood dinner out last night… trying out a new restaurant… the Edingsville Grocery-Restaurant and Bar!

It was absolutely delicious… we have found a new restaurant that we love! Best deviled crab and shrimp… yummiest hushpuppies that melted in your mouth!!!

The clouds and winds whipped up but by the time we left the restaurant…one more time the late late afternoon sun was breaking through! The owner, Robert Hughes, came over to the table and we had connections from almost every town in the state… a small wonderful world! Especially with Brooke …they knew many of the same people!

On the way home we passed the famous hanging mattress! (Better known as the ” Mattress Tree of Edisto Island.” )

I remembered part of the story but found more information this time around! It is located beside SC-174 ( highway leading into Edisto) named for that particular bend in the road… ” Mattress Point.” It hangs down from a beautiful live oak tree. And for many annual vacation renters over the decades the sighting of the hanging mattress meant … ” We’re almost there!”

The original owner was Frank ” Tish” Gadsden who created the idea when his wife kicked him out of the house after a drinking binge! But soon his hanging mattress drew so much attention he charged 5 bucks a photo and later ten dollars and a pack of smokes!

Some old friends set up a card table nearby to play cards in the chilly off/seasons … keeping warm from the fire burning from an old oil drum.

For awhile after his death in 2009 -it seemed that this nostalgic landmark was gone but later family members reconstructed it and today decorate it for special holidays!

Today the mattress still stands…a sentimental landmark to many!

So until tomorrow…” In the wilderness is the preservation of the world” -Thoreau

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Please keep prayers coming for Harriett and Regina… will continue to update you on their health status! 🙏🏻💗

We also need prayers that both Tommy and Kaitlyn get to leave Shannon Airport tonight… to return home! 🙏🏻💗

I will see this before I leave-Edisto at sunrise!

The tulips we gave Brooke for her birthday are halfway opened in bloom and we are halfway through our retreat! SLOW DOWN TIME!!!!!!!!

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 Girls Night Out…

  1. Becky,
    Thank you for the prayers. I am home, and surgery wasn’t needed. I give God praise for His faithfulness. Life can change in the blink of an eye. This hospitalization was hard, and I had to ask my Father for a dose of patience to add to my faith. But I am in my own bed tonight. You don’t realize how good that feels until you lose it for a few days. Please thank your readers for their prayers, too. The prayers of the righteous are still powerful.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Regina,,, would you share your story again about you and Winnie the Pooh….it was so beautiful and touching,,,,doing Winnie tomorrow,,,different perspective….hope you are continuing to improve ,,,,,Bless you

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