When We Open a Window into the World… a Part of Us Comes Alive

Dear Reader:

Late yesterday afternoon when I got home from taking Ben to his new orthopedic surgeon appointment, I found myself throwing open the windows and letting fall tumble in with beautiful leaves, cool breezes, and a sense of spiritual serenity that separates itself from our troubled home here on earth.

Many of you might keep up with the latest emojis but I stay faithful to three main ones-thumb up, smile, and heart. They are my traditional emoji ” trinity” ( thumbs up) -everything will be okay; a 😊- nothing turns a day around faster than a simple smile and the world’s number one emoji-heart-love conquers all!

I am learning every day that the more we share a bit of ourselves to others the fuller our own hearts become. For example a mystery was solved yesterday.

When Doodle and Lassie came by Monday bringing a large portion of mother’s vanilla wafer cake-they noticed, as they started to leave that I had a smiley stickie on my collar and asked me who gave it to me… I had no clue?

I had been to see my oncologist Monday and Dr. Jeter was smiling-good office visit but no smiley sticker. I left and went to a recommended orthopedic surgeon nearby-filled out some endless information forms and took another set home to complete before I took Ben back yesterday to his referral first office visit.

The same pretty, sweet girl was checking for masks and temperatures as I re-entered with Ben this time-soon after we sat down I noticed something on Ben’s Purple Heart Vietnam cap and asked if he had added something-it was a smiley face sticker-then Ben laughed and pulled another sticker off the back of my collar.

The pretty young greeter smiled and then giggled-I walked over and asked if she had ” snuck ” one on the back of my collar the day before and she nodded and winked. Mystery solved! Once again a simple smile won the day!

So until tomorrow… We must remember… we are meant to be here in this exact moment-writer and reader! 😊

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

My happy fall night light blending… all shades of oranges together!

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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