Joy Joy Joy


Dear Reader:

Yesterday was my tenth time storytelling at the Summerville MS Chapter Christmas Luncheon! A decade! Hard to believe!

And there to greet me was Andrea Andrews- one of the first chapter promoters in our town. We taught social studies together for several years at Alston Middle School and she was diagnosed with MS about the same time I was with breast cancer. Last year the annual Christmas luncheon was canceled due to Covid so it had been two years since we had seen each other and it was such a happy reunion. We always get our picture made for our third teaching buddy, Roz Vanalstyne who lives in Indiana!

Happy Reunion!

It was Honey and Mike who introduced me to this wonderful group since they, for years prior, made pottery and woodwork crafts to give away each year ( as door prizes) at this special luncheon. I am so glad they did… my adoptive family. Two years ago I ” won” the white board decorated JOY plank as a door prize that fit perfectly under the red poinsettia on the Pine Forest Inn planter Honey left me when they moved permanently to the mountains. Thank you Burrell’s! ***( Title Photo)

So many things are bringing me joy these days… but there is one special time every evening that really ramps up my personal joy o’ meter! Turning off all the lights except for the Christmas tree lights and giving in to memories of the past.

There is something good and holy about the early dark nights near Christmas isn’t there? Caldwell suggests that in honor of this sacred darkness to spend some time with the lights off while praying to be protected and nourished and formed by the God who swept over the face of the waters before there was light.

So until tomorrow… God thank you for light and dark. bright and dim. Whether I am in shining or in shadow … let me sing your tidings of great joy!

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

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 Joy Joy Joy

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    You and your blog are a joy in my life!!! Merry Christmas, Becky

  2. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    Two wonderful ladies!❤️

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