Daily Delights

Dear Reader:

Every day when we wake up the possibility of a memorable daily delight awaits us… the secret… being open to the prospect that it exists.

Ross Gay came upon this same conclusion about a year ago and decided to start writing a daily essay about each delight … compiling it into a Treatise on Delights. ( Covers a Year Time Period)

He shares one story on-line in an audio-tape that I loved. It is called ” Tomato on Board.”

Having been given a little three inch tomato plant seedling starter box Ross is trying to figure out how to get it on board the plane. When he stuffs it in his carry on bag the alarm goes off and sheepishly he pulls it out to show the inspector. The inspector laughs and say that he doesn’t know how to check that… so just carry it. Now one stem is broken so Ross decides the inspector is right-he will just carry it on.

And that is when the ” shower of love ” begins. The flight attendant decides to adopt it while on the trip and repeatedly inquires about the little seedling at least five times-calling it ” my tomato.” Where‘s my tomato, How’s my tomato, You didn’t lose my tomato did you?” She even directed Ross to an open seat in the exit row: “Why don’t you guys go sit there and stretch out? “Put it in the windowsill to get some sun! ”

Everyone on board also loved the tomato seedling like he was carrying a baby-smiling warmly. Someone brought water for it and another brought a tiny cloth to keep it warm.

As the plane landed and put on brakes Ross automatically threw his arm across it …buckled in the seat next to him to protect it. Suddenly a memory of his father doing that for him, as a child, when he sat upfront in the passenger seat before seat belts popped into his mind. He loved that human gesture more than any other human bonding growing up and now he was doing it for a little tomato sapling-a daily delight he has never forgotten.

So until tomorrow…

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Eva Cate is off to her first away from home camp today! She is prone to homesickness so praying they keep her busy as a bee and she has a terrific 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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4 Responses to Daily Delights

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Sweet entry today…and it is unreal how our granddaughters are linked..
    .Emmie and Ellie are at Bonclarken a Presbyterian camp in Flat Rock this week. Prayers for all of them to have a grand time.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      I hope Eva Cate can attend the Presbyterian Middle School Camp next year…my niece Ady just returned and loved it…wanted it to last longer. This week Eva Cate will be with some friends from school at Camp St. Christopher at Seabrook…it just runs from Monday (today) to Friday…so a good way to start easing into being away from home at a camp. Fingers crossed!

  2. Sis Kinney says:

    Good morning, Becky!

    I loved the story about the little tomato!! So sweet!

    I’m sure Eva Cate will LOVE Camp St. Chris; that’s my church’s camp and conference center and my daughter attended the camp for several years throughout middle and high school. It’s a wonderful, loving camp and I hope Eva Cate’s homesickness proneness won’t pop up. I was just like her – prone to homesickness – and a bit wary about sleep-away camp. But, I always ended up loving it when I went and was like Ady – didn’t want it to end!

    Have a blessed week! We’re heading to VA on Friday to our daughter’s new place; then on Sunday we ALL (5 in a minivan) head up to MA for a memorial service for my sister-in-law – a mini family reunion. SO looking forward to seeing family again!

    Much love,

    • Becky Dingle says:

      So many fun adventures ahead for you Sis…excited for you! And yes…little Eva Cate unfortunately got this homesickness from me…her grandmother…I was terribly homesick at camp but then Mandy was just the opposite…she loved going to the Presbyterian camps every summer and was queen of the mud-hole every year and so proud of it…she participated in everything and would have stayed all summer if they had let her. Hopefully EC will take after her mom once she gets settled in and all the activities start.

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