Hints of Summer and Stories of Spirited Smiles

Dear Reader:

When I arrived home from Mt Pleasant yesterday ( after watching Rutledge and Lachlan play their last game of the season -Lacrosse) I happened to look up and saw Honeysuckle bursting out all over the tops of trees in my backyard. Can summer be far behind? Remember the old adage… Summer Starts in April in the South!

Rutledge helped Lachlan get in the spirit with his ” war paint!”

My favorite spiritual yarn Archibald Rutledge shares with us is the tale he was told by one of his childhood friends growing up at Hampton-it still makes me smile!

The Walk-Off People”

After God created Eve He thought He had Adam and Eve all set up to live happily ever after… but discovered man is the most complicated of all His Creations.

One day Adam came to him , deeply troubled,to seek out God in the Garden of Eden.

” God” he said , you know I love to catch fish in the river and to hunt rabbits. But, well, Eve she is complaining. She says she gets lonesome because I fish and hunt so much. She’s talking of leaving me. ”

“That ‘s easy,” said God, ” come down to the creek with me, and we will make a few more people. They will keep Eve company while you are hunting and fishing.”

Arriving at the water’s edge, God shaped some new people out of mud and leaned them against a rail fence to dry.

“Adam ” God said,” I will come back before sundown and put some brains in them.” Then they will be all ready to go!

But God, forgetting that He had some other engagements that afternoon, did not return to finish His work until the next morning.

Before that, the people with no brains had walked off ! ” Do you know that ever since that time they have been multiplying in abundance?” I bet you might have met one! ”

So until tomorrow… the next time you run into somebody that you simply can’t understand or leaves you completely puzzled…just remember he/she must be a direct descendant of the ” Walk-Off People!”

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Making wishes on dandelion and fairies.

Honeysuckles and Honey… both sweet as they can be! Honey called and let me know that Winnie, Mike’s mom passed around noon yesterday… funeral services will be in early June… and she and Mike want to thank all of you for prayers, cards and comments! We all know how hard it is letting go of mothers and grandmothers.

… Mandy just informed me that my Facebook has been tampered with so please leave it alone until further notice😳

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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