Living ” Time”… Not ” Killing Time”

Beautiful Entrance Into Tea Farm

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I woke up determined to get my flu shot. I decided that I would be Publix Pharmacy’s first customer… but to my unpleasant surprise the pharmacy opens an hour later than the store-all the blinds were drawn. A whole hour to ” kill.”

With another bout of fortitude … I returned home to put a load of clothes in the washer, make my bed, check my blog and squeeze in a few more daily routine chores.

At 10 till 9 I was sitting in a chair waiting for the blinds to be raised and the pharmacy window to open . At 9:00 both expectations simultaneously occurred.

The cute girl asked if I had already signed up for a time appointment and I let her know that I just showed up-actually at 8 hoping to get in for a flu shot -so I had already been back home doing chores.

She gave me a paper to fill out and said my appointment was at 10! Another hour to ” kill.” The girl must have seen my disappointment and responded -” You have already worked through one hour-why don’t you treat yourself and do something fun … just for you… with this hour?”

I gave her a weak smile and tried not to audibly sigh as I headed, once again, back to the car. Fun, huh? Then it hit me. The best thing about living in the Lowcountry is that fall starts peaking at its most beautiful the closer we get to Thanksgiving. I had been wanting to ride around town and take fall pictures of my charming town -dazzling, delicate, and delightful! Now I had the luxurious gift of time to do just that!

But first I wanted to drive over to Hutchinson Square and check on this whimsical archway that had been going up a few days before. Upclose it was even more mysterious-beautifully translucent-like a butterfly-but no plaque or story behind it.

Alluringly Unique
It Reminds Me of a Giant Suncatchet

From the town square I drove along the back roads of old neighborhoods looking for fall in every living form. Here are some samples of my ” treasured”scenes!

Not only was this giant sasanqua camellia bush bursting with blooms but one bloom had crossed over to a giant old oak with another colorful treasure!
” Two for the price of one.”

A lone leaf fluttered down and landed by my feet-what a gift from the universe!

Oh Autumn Leaf-How great is thy beauty!

And how great is my genuine affection and love for my adopted home town of several decades-time has been kind to old town center of Summerville and I thank God everyday that His Path lead me here-the ” Flowertown in the Pines!”

So until tomorrow-the next time you get the gift of” wait time” go celebrate the beauty around you filled with gratitude and a ” shot” of thankfulness for simply ” being.”

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Summerville Presbyterian Church-gorgeous in the fall
Early Winter Lights Reflecting off the fountain and translucent passage way to magic effects

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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1 Response to Living ” Time”… Not ” Killing Time”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a neat way to spend some time. I love having a few extra minutes to spend doing whatever I want to do…speaking if that we are so overdue for our ice cream treat .. while singing to Carol King songs in my car…

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