Palpable Passages

Dear Reader:

As you know I love words and I love Madeleine L’ Engle’s writings for her shared love of God and words. Some of her passages in her 40 Day Journal are so closely tied into my thoughts and beliefs that their intensity is felt and touched deeply by me… what I call ” palpable passages.”

For example: …” ” The job of the Teacher ( Jesus) is to help us remember all that we have forgotten…One of the great sorrows which came to human beings when Adam and Eve left the Garden was the loss of memory, memory of all that God’s children are meant to be.”

Madeleine gives a wonderful example of this memory loss as she re- tells the story of Peter walking across the water to meet Jesus’ out-stretched hands. ” As long as he didn’t remember that we human beings have forgotten how to walk on water, he was able to do it.”

At this point I took a break yesterday and walked around my own garden of grace. Gardens are the perfect place to see up close how much better plants’ memories are than our own. They remember who they are and the life that awaits below, as well as, above the ground during the sabbatical that winter affords them.

So until tomorrow… ” A self is always becoming. ” Madeleine Engle

Now look at these plants that intuitively understand what they must do to maintain life… use coverage of other plants for protection, go underground as bulbs or bravely face each freeze in bloom and hope.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

*** Actually I accidentally pulled a blogpost that took me back to January of 2015- when Jake was turning four months. A very favorite day(s)! John was at a four day conference and I went over to help out. Mollie also joined in the fun bringing Rutledge and spending the night! Can’t believe it happened 7 years ago. These photos brought back so many lost memories!

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 Palpable Passages

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    These are precious pictures…hard to believe it has been 7 yrs…

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