Thank you Father for Gatherings that Unite

Dear Reader:

In these days of division and personal attacks on our fellow countrymen… ( where it appears that the roles of adults and children are reversed) I realized Saturday morning I had not been so energized and excited in a long time watching Rutledge quarterback for his ” Iron Horses.”

It was cool and breezy-we parents and grandparents had the whole enormous high school stadium to spread out within shouting distance if so we so wished.

I spent most of the game yelling for Rutledge and waving as hard as I could! Everyone was united in one cause and one cause only…supporting our little loved ones on the field … clapping and encouraging both sides!

Fun ” Rocky” type music was pumping away and the opportunity to engage in an isolated outdoor event was lost on no one-the stadium was filled with pure gratitude. Laughter and clapping filled the stadium.

I remember reading where FDR was asked after the bombing of Pearl Harbor if baseball should be continued… he grinned and called out ” Play ball.”

Sports bring unification… people together faster than any other situation during the tough times. Certainly it is up to individuals to weigh the options and make decisions based on their own medical histories and preventive measures to not infringe on the rights of the whole… but life is too magnificent to hide from it after taking all the precautionary measures available. Life is meant to be lived among those we love.

This evening my beloved Clemson will take on Georgia … it should be quite a game! *** But psst … you know what… it is going to be hard to beat watching Rutledge run down the field today and scoring! 😉

Tommy and Kaitlyn sent me a Clemson care package before they left for the mountains… so I will be ready!

John. Mandy and Eva Cate and Jake are off to a conference/ family vacation in Mexico this morning until Friday. You will not believe the hurdles and obstacles they have overcome to be able to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity! Adios Amigos!

So until tomorrow… God take care of our loved ones and be with them wherever they go!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie Pooh

*** Nothing like having Uncle Tommy and Aunt Kaitlyn sponsor your football team! Rutledge is one lucky boy!

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 Thank you Father for Gatherings that Unite

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Yeah for Rutledge…it was a beautiful day to be outside with family. So thankful all worked out for Mandy’s family….now safe travels and lots of good memories.

  2. Honey Burrell says:

    What great news! So happy Rutledge is playing so well. I’m not surprised!
    Very happy Mandy and family are on their way for a great adventure. Tommy and Kaitlyn are to be commended for their sponsorship as well as for being the BEST attorneys in the land!
    I love each member of your family Boo, and especially YOU!💕😁💕

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