The Long and Winding Road

Dear Reader:

I do believe every morning we should add ” curves in the road” … as one of our ” thank you’s” to God. Have you ever considered the possibility of having one long straight path to follow along your individual life journey? A path so straight that you can see everything in chronological order ahead of time and you are fully aware of everything that will transpire along the way?

What a nightmare! As tempting as it might be to want to see all the good happy moments coming our way-I think the fore knowledge of sad and/ or heartbreaking incidents would outweigh the good times emotionally through pre-meditated worry and anxiety.

When Paul McCartney wrote ” The Long and Winding Road” in 1970… he was remembering his home located at the end of a long Scottish peninsula where he retreated to escape ” Beatlemania” … a respite to literally ” compose” himself.

Yesterday morning …the first happy text I got …from Susan was her exclaiming ” How LUCKY we were to have such wonderful beautiful grandchildren.” I immediately dittoed the sentiment back to her… how lucky indeed!

So when the phone rang a short time later and I saw it was from Susan… I thought we would be continuing this proud grandmotherly conversation. I was wrong. A curve had just revealed something else on the other side-something unforeseen had popped up.

Lee and Vikki had taken Rhea for her first check-up and the doctor picked up on something that didn’t sound right-he promptly made the decision to send Lee, Vikki and Rhea to the ER at the Children’s MUSC Center.

It is after nine tonight ( Monday) and testing has been going on all day… the encouraging news is that (to date) the first test results coming in look good but they are keeping her over night at the Newborn ICU unit for observation and to complete any other testing results hopefully.

As Susan and I talked we agreed we wanted to get the prayers coming asap for little Rhea and family!!! And a big shout-out to Kathy Worthington-Dorchester Presbyterian Prayer Chain-for the immediate response.

Family and close friends are adding more prayers for Rhea to have a good night and sleep well … to get back home with mommy, daddy, and big brother Rhodes as soon as possible!!

So until tomorrow… the family would appreciate all prayers as we await the diagnosis and any procedures needed… if necessary! Our hearts tonight are heavy but hopeful that the next curve will reveal blue skies and sunshine ahead!

Even though August hasn’t started out too good for our family … I believe it will welcome Rhea back with open arms… smitten with all her charms!

” Today is my favorite day” -Winnie the Pooh

One. Two. Three. ” WE L O V E YOU RHEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 The Long and Winding Road

  1. PatriciaMcTeer Jackson says:


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Praying for Rhea. I have a friend whose daughter had a baby girl and the same thing happened before they left the hospital. It was a heart related but something that can be corrected later…but scary ar the time. Thank goodness for MUSC and early detection…hope they find out soon and all will be well…🙏🙏🙏

  3. Beth Brewer says:

    Just seeing this post and immediately sending prayers for Rhea and all of her family.

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