Gardening Nurtures the Soul- a Thank You Note

Dear Reader:

With all our talk about grace and gratitude lately on the first anniversary of the Covid19 pandemic…I felt a need to stop and thank my garden for being there for me during the dark days and bright ones…it made me feel needed…a reason to exist…while it, also, met my needs as new flowers, blooms, bushes, and trees appeared to expand my garden in beauty for all the world to see.

So this my beloved garden, is from me to you…with indebted love.

Dear Garden

It took me so long to recognize my day dream of a garden filled equally with whimsy and beauty, floral and fauna…in fact I had to retire from Life Part One in order to let my dream take the reins…along with friends who guided me through those early steps of making my lifelong dream come true.

Neither of us knew when we started our floral/human relationship that we would both be tested one day with a word we were not familiar with….a pandemic. Yet here we are on the first anniversary of it….not just surviving…but thriving. And it is all due to you!

By nurturing my soul through your beauty…I learned in these most difficult times that the truth of a person’s soul is revealed…thanks garden for helping me blossom spiritually. 

Most importantly thank you garden for keeping me company…I will always cherish our times together…pensive and happy. 

My garden…you allowed me room to breathe when I felt life closing in over the top of me on occasion. 

Thank you garden for bringing me support and a re-discovered sense of stability in a sometimes lonely situation. 

The extra time we got to spend together far surpassed the uncomfortable times…in fact it was you, garden, who made these confusing times feel a little more familiar. 

You were and will always be my anchor during stormy times. 

With love and gratitude, 



More “Boo-ti-ful” new garden surprises!

Eloise came to play with  me yesterday while brother Lachlan attended a birthday party at the Oakbrook bowling alley with mom. We played and played…and for a treat Eloise got two miniature dum-dum suckers…one for each hand…one grape and one cherry.

It wasn’t until last night that I realized why the picture brought back such a sweet memory for me…my only memory of my father bringing me a lollipop that had two suckers…one “pop” on each end of one stick…one grape and one cherry. Deja Vu…or simply a God Wink.

A shout-out of appreciation to Ann Graves for her shared headline yesterday….Blog Delivers Daily Doses of Delight. My computer started acting up last evening….not letting me add all the pictures I had planned to show today…definitely frustrating…but then I read this texted headline and my spirits immediately improved. Thank you Ann!

So until tomorrow….

Come sit a spell…and let the garden envelope all your senses…taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound.



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 Gardening Nurtures the Soul- a Thank You Note

  1. Susan B Cadwell says:

    love your beautiful letter to your garden!

    • Becky Dingle says:

      I must give it credit for being there for me on those days when I would have been at ‘loose ends’ without it…a purpose to get up each morning and check on it…delighting in its new growth and surprises each day.

  2. Lynn Gamache says:

    Yes, gardens are beautiful in every season…and maybe more so as the seasons blend into one another and we watch with awe the gradual changes. Come spring gardens seem a place of real transformation and even resurrection as stark and dead looking shrubs and bushes come to life withs the soothing green of new leaves and the vibrancy of spring buds and blossoms. Is it any wonder that this is my favourite time of the year? Your letter to your garden touched my heart too.

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