It was a Dark and Stormy Morning, Afternoon, and Night…

Dear Reader:

This will be a short post. It is just after 1:00 on Friday afternoon/and Hurricane 🌀 Ian is certainly letting himself be known. We are under emergency hurricane alert until 4:00 and Mother Nature is getting 🧐 serious with the amounts of wind and rain…

Lost power right after noon… but found a box of unused white battery tea candles/have put them all around the kitchen and den. It looks like I am in a chapel. Actually quite soothing inside now… but that was not the case early this morning.

I was awakened, not by the weather, but this strange beep sound. After rousing up enough to get my senses collected… I tracked the source of the noise and it was the smoke alarm in the hallway. The battery was dying.

I climbed on a stool and kept messing with it. About the same time/my back door neighbor/Donna Clark-texted me to let me know they were home if I needed anything-but after fiddling I got the lid off the battery and both fell on the floor. I sure didn’t want Sam or anyone getting out in the storm for a beeping noise!

For a few minutes I had a break from that dying canary ( irritating) beep sound… but it soon returned. Really! No battery and still chirping every minute! What would turn it off-I soon discovered what? ( Didn’t have another battery to replace it)

A couple of hours later… the lights flickered.. and ( this time) power never came back on. Guess what? The ” dying canary peep/ beep” died with the loss of electricity ! ( Be careful what you wish for… it might come true!) I traded sight and light for silence. Not sure about that trade as I am bundled in blankets inside-real fall weather here-quite bizarre weather for a Lowcountry storm this time of year.

My internet is off too… so if this post doesn’t arrive at 6:00 am Saturday morning you will now know why… but I am fine-will be happy to tell Ian good bye and am keeping the truly devastated parts of Florida in my prayers!

*** Anne texted and shared a quote and some books/ readings that had caught her interest recently -will close with it.

So … Until tomorrow…

” Of all the gifts that people can give to one another, the most meaningful and long lasting are strong but simple love and the gift of story.” -Clarissa Estes

” Today is my favorite day” – Winnie the Pooh-… ” to say goodbye to!” 🥰 Bye Bye Ian!

And don’t forget to say ” Rabbit! Rabbit! … on this October 1st-we certainly could all use some good luck this month!!! 🤗


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 It was a Dark and Stormy Morning, Afternoon, and Night…

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Your special place looks beautiful in the dark with all the candles…glad you made it through safely…we left on Thursday to come to Clemson for the wkd…

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