Happy ” genesis”!!!

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I went looking for a new word or expression to start the New Year and its “beginning ” off today. Out of many ” tried but true” familiar greetings… one word popped up that hit the spot for me…“genesis.”

The term “genesis” can be traced back to the Greek ” gignesthai” meaning ” to be born.” When this term is written with a capital “G” -it refers to the first book of the Bible. When it is used in a non-Biblical sense… it means ” an origin” or ” new beginning.”

Isn’t there something so comforting about the process of ” wiping the slate clean” of all mistakes … and then staring at a clean board? A metaphor for each new year.

It takes me back to my elementary school days at Westlawn Elementary in Fayetteville, NC. I was one of those weird kids who loved to stay after school and help the teacher erase the two blackboards in our room.

My teacher would erase one board while I erased the other… I got to have all of my teacher’s attention for that precious time.

Of course we both had to wait for whoever had gotten in trouble that day to clean the erasers first. It was usually Freddie Jones. He wasn’t a bad kid… just a squirmy one who spoke before he thought and simply could not stay in his seat.

I still remember the scent of chalk as we waited on Freddie to take the erasers outside and clean them. At the end of each week… both Freddie and I would get a peppermint stick from the teacher’s secret ” stash” drawer.

Fridays, walking home with Freddie, eating our peppermint sticks …provides me ( even now) with one of my favorite childhood memories. No matter how the week had gone… good or bad… it was over and two shiny clean boards would await us Monday morning offering clean fresh hope and unexpected possibilities for the new week.

Well by now we know our two state bowl colleges fell short of victory Friday afternoon and night… but it wasn’t for lack of trying in either case. And the potential possibilities for the upcoming 2023 football seasons looks brighter than ever!

Kaitlyn had planned to birthday surprise Tommy with asking some friends to join them at Walsh and Mollie’s home ( this time around… much warmer) cook-out to watch the game. Mollie’s two sisters and their families were in town too so it was quite a crowd … plenty of good food and camaraderie… but unfortunately a different ending for the game as hoped.

This could be seen in the half-time photos and the closing minutes.

Uncle Tommy , Pip, and Rutledge looking for a re-surgent comeback the second half!
Watching the second half not produce the results hoped… visibly written across Rutledge’s face. Pip just turned his back on the game and promptly fell asleep. Smart dog! 😂

So until tomorrow… think about how many new possibilities you will experience this year and what new insights and knowledge you will add to your sense of ” being” ! What gifts await!

Yesterday ( New Year’s Eve ) felt like a balancing act… tetter-tottering- between the old and the new!

Almost here…….. ( thanks James Bryan )
Amen… and Happy New Year! 2023!!!

Whew! Almost forgot!!!How could I?

” Rabbit Rabbit!!!” Let’s make sure we start the first day of January off on the right foot ( a rabbit’s foot!) Say ” Rabbit Rabbit” first thing today and have a lucky 2023!

And guess what… 2023 is the YEAR of the RABBIT! How lucky is that?????

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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6 Responses to Happy ” genesis”!!!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy New Year…rabbit …rabbit…

  2. Sis Kinney says:

    Happy New Year, Becky!
    I am looking forward to beginning the Louise Penny novels, but first I have to complete the Ron Chernow biography of Hamilton! I have surprised myself by reading some biographies, the first of which was from a church friend (Katerine Whitley). I’ve also read one about Andrew Jackson (& the Miracle of New Orleans). That and the Chernow one were given to me by one of my sons several years ago and it took awhile to dive into them – but I thoroughly enjoyed the Jackson one. I’d told this one I’d like to borrow his Chernow book, and he gave me a copy for Christmas that year – in 2016! It also took a couple of years to read the one about Jackson – given in 2018. I’ve done a LOT of reading this past year – 29 books in all! – but this Chernow one – while enjoyable – is a doozy! Very tiny print and about 2″ thick!!

    Anyway, I think the “history” side of my interests is deepening! Remember that 2011 history trip we took to mostly Civil War battle sites? That’s when it all really, really began!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Awww! Yes! Wow … great trip! Still have the rag doll left from the gift shop at Appomattox -Farmer Wilbur McLean ‘a girl’s rag doll left behind in the parlor to witness Lee’s surrender to Grant -The Silent Witness!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Sis Kinney says:

    Yeah, I still have the books (I bought two) about the story of “The Silent Witness.” Plus a couple of other apropos history books for 8-10 year olds.

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