When Down-sizing Becomes Uplifting…

Dear Reader:

It took me years ( after retiring) to follow my dream of gardening and creating a special place in my world… a sanctuary. I knew I wanted it but I was scared because I knew nothing about gardening. Yet I envisioned it constantly in my mind.

Because Tommy was still at Clemson when I retired… I traded my day job for teaching night classes at Charleston Southern and the College of Charleston to keep some income coming in. And then Carol Poole and I continued to work for the state department offering social studies workshops -around the state-you get the picture… I was busier after ” retirement” than before.

Yet… that vision of creating a beautiful place to stop and interact with the universe and my place in it wouldn’t stay buried.

At the urging and encouragement of family and friends… the dream slowly began to evolve and today has continued to expand.

The other day I read an interesting commentary on the forced downsizing of Odysseus after all his years of war and wandering. After returning home Odysseus was anxious to return to his glory days at sea. Then one night in a dream a voice told him…

Take your favorite oar and go inland until no one has heard of you, and go further until no one has heard of an oar or sea. Plant your oar there and start a garden.”

So until tomorrow …

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

***When I think back over the past years… it is hard for me to even imagine my life now without my gardens, my sanctuaries and my stories to share . But mostly I can’t imagine my life without you… the blog post ” family of readers” … my new family! In order to do this… I had to start over to release and lift my spirit. It has seen me through tough times. It was meant to be… the place to lay my ” oar.”

Walsh and Mollie and the children will be in Florida this week of spring break and John and Mandy and children in the Bahamas-their first family cruise! Every one will return in time for Easter Sunday! Have fun and be safe!!!

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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3 Responses to When Down-sizing Becomes Uplifting…

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Oh what joy your blog brings to us, your very fortunate family of readers!What a beautiful sanctuary you have created! Have a great day my friend!💕

  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    So thankful you started your blog…read it daily for inspiration. Love the garden pictures. See you Wed at 11:30…will pick you up and head to Vhicken Salad Chick.

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