The Magic of a Beautiful Word …

Dear Reader:

I didn’t make a grammatical error in the title-leaving out the ” l” in “world”- instead I was surprised by a magical ” word.”

It all started while I was “babysitting” my fifth moonflower bud. As I walked past the side garden mid-afternoon Wednesday, there was the bud primed and ready to unfurl. Like most aspects in life… timing ⏱ is everything.

A thunderstorm was possible that afternoon and I had already lost one moonflower to ” death by turbulent torrential rains” – was hoping that wouldn’t happen again. I kept running to the office window encouraging the bud to unfurl faster.

Soon darkness slowly began descending a little before 8… I grabbed my phone and hurried out the front porch. The sky was beautiful as the last rays put on a show.

But to my surprise… it had been raining …so lightly and softly that the rain was invisible except as a light pattering on my face… so bizarre!

And then it happened… the moonflower quivered and began unfurling -right in front of me… as if the invisible moisture was pulling it into the last light. ( see title picture)

As intoxicating as that moment was… the universe still had another surprise. I was skimming through my emails when an advertisement for Webster dictionary caught my attention-Pinterest had selected certain words they described as ‘ the most beautiful words’ in the dictionary based on thought and enunciation. The following word was chosen to top the list. Take a moment and read the definition.

( Pronounced suh-ran – core root word of serenity)

I couldn’t believe it… I had a name for the magical episode I had just experienced and it had ended with ” evening serenity”)

So until tomorrow… A God Wink! An unexpected gift to end the day! There is nothing more magical than experiencing pure delight in loving life’s surprise connections.

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

SO TRUE!!!!!!
Rhea discovering her new world -a little more everyday

Around 350 new words were added to the dictionary this year-most of them dealing with technology but really liked these two

Adorkable-socially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing

Side Hustle -A second job to supplement income and primary job

Fun Fact-If you want to travel the world but struggle learning new languages -this fact might help -The most widely recognized word in the world is ” 0K!” ( So just nod, smile and say ” OK!”)

Our extended family has been experiencing ” health hiccups” lately… it happens like that doesn’t it… where unrelated health problems end up in people related to each other-thank goodness it looks like most of these problems can get solved-some taking more time than others but all do-able.

In times like this we have to keep a sense of humor and I think what our family has been feeling is that we all thought we were safely tucked away from the flood- only to discover we had a woodpecker on the ark taking all of us down at the same time. 😳😂

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 The Magic of a Beautiful Word …

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤…love the new word and that “Ok” is the most understood used and understood word …love it.

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