Spirituality is ” Rooted” in Stories

Dear Reader:

While walking through the garden last week… this one lone bloom was sitting on a mound of dirt, above ground level, pulled up by some burrowing ” critter” I suppose, with only one central root still intact underground …providing just enough nourishment to sustain life for one single bud. Amazing! Life is a mighty force of nature and a powerful warrior.

Take a moment and think back to your first discovery about the world in which you live and your place in it. Where did your first awareness about good vs evil begin? Stories!

Children six and over need stories to develop their spirituality. If children were always just read stories of good vs good… where nothing bad happened -they would develop a false sense of reality.

Madeleine L’ Engle ( Wrinkle in Time) once wrote: ” Rather than taking the child away from the real world …fictional stories prepare children for living in the real world with courage and expectation.”

” Story, at its heart, is one of the primary modes in which God speaks to us, which means it is one of the main vehicles for God’s truth.”

Einstein’s famous quote on the importance of reading fairy tales to children dealt with intelligence( ” If you want your children to be intelligent, read them a fairy tale-if you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

But, of course, we want our children to develop a moral compass along with intelligence and this is accomplished through Biblical stories, classic children stories and fairy tales. Children always root for the underdog in every good vs bad story-the underdog who symbolizes goodness, justice, and courage against the meanest monster, ogre, or bully!

Today … a great teaching tool is explaining to our children why historical monuments in our country , as well as, other free countries, are lighting up in the colors of Ukraine to symbolically speak up for democracies and freedom everywhere against ” bullies.”

… Or another teaching tool -… President Zelenskyy ( Ukraine) was the Ukrainian voice of Paddington the Bear! Such a likable guy who speaks out for the common man.

President Volodymyr Zelensky and family following election 2019

So until tomorrow…

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Mollie and Lachlan headed back from NYC yesterday with lots of birthday memories in tact-know they are glad to return to more warmth-frigid temps in NYC. Hope they got to see the Empire State Bldg lit up in blue and yellow at night!

Your prayers are definitely helping our Ya Libby-it is going to be a long road and lots of pain but she is a fighter and hopefully will get settled into a Rehab facility this week-Betsy and family are on top of the situation-prayers for the amazing caregivers too-a stressful job as we all know.

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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2 Responses to Spirituality is ” Rooted” in Stories

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I read on my Skimm news app today about him …he was a comedian who was the voice of Paddington…and that he won a mock election and then the real one…and that he has denied evacuation by the US to stay with the people if his country …very admirable…

    Loved the pictures of Mollie and Lachlan…

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Zelenskyy is a role model for the rest of the world for his strong faith, courage and leadership in these horrifying unnecessary circumstances his beloved country finds itself in simply because of geography and an egocentric amoral neighbor dictator whose insecurities blind him to the price of starting an inhumane war for no reason except power and greed, Praying so hard for the heroes lining up to fight to the finish, if necessary, for democracy… am in awe and utmost respect for Ukraine ….

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