A Short. Simple Reflection

Dear Reader:

We had the most perfect first day of spring-cool topping out in the mid seventies. The perfect day for an outdoor birthday tea party for Eva Cate and her wonderful ” aunties” from two generations! It was the first time that I actually felt that ” normal” had returned to the family!

We had all had our two vaccinations and the freedom of sharing hugs and love without fear of giving anybody anything but love back was exhilarating!

We ate outside under a majestic oak with gigantic chimes that soothed the soul – and a tea pot hanging down.

When I stared at my oldest granddaughter I was reminded of Peter Pan hunting for his shadow… I still had glimpses of the little girl I knew …but she was trying very hard to leave her childhood shadows behind… acting very “proper ” drinking her tea.

Whereas Eloise, my youngest granddaughter -at 3 -was enjoying her pink lemonade! I know in the blink of an eye she will grow up too-too fast for Boo Boo.

Mother’s and daughters-hold on tight Mandy and Mollie-these precious moments will be replaced by trying times soon enough but remember keep heart- in the end they return with new life experiences to share.

So until tomorrow your sons and daughters will fulfill their own expectations by becoming their journey…changing directions and then returning home.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday was my grand-dog Pip’s big day! With so many of your votes last year Pip made the top ten calendar dog contest and he is Master ” May. “

As you can see he is so proud he spread the calendar out to relish his victory!

PS. Thank you for allowing me to share these memories with you- like ” milk does a body good ” … these memories do a grandmother’s soul good.”

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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4 Responses to A Short. Simple Reflection

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a special day…Eva Cate will never forget this bday. Such a special time…love the pictures….

  2. Honey Burrell says:

    A truly special birthday celebration! I remember having a tea party birthday for Tarshie when she was that age. Special time.
    Loved the pictures and was so happy to see Master Pip’s beautiful picture! He’s a very special and lucky pup! Have a great day! 😘😘

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Master Pip does like to be referred to now Master May….and he does sign autographs! 🙂 It was such a gorgeous day…marvelous time together.

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