It’s Time to Go Green … No Matter Where You Live

Dear Reader:

Whether you are still digging out from snow or pulling out your shorts and t-shirts… St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ is almost here! And you can always go green inside …if white dominates your outside surroundings. March has either gone extraordinarily warm – breaking records or extraordinarily cold – breaking records…depending on your location.

I actually thought ahead on the table centerpiece… when Brooke and I went to Beaufort a few weeks ago…we visited the Beaufort Restore. Someone was ready to get rid of their St Patrick’s Day paraphernalia while I wanted to acquire it for Lachlan’s birthday… who was and is the real treasure coming on St Patrick’s Day… almost 8 years ago! Hard to believe. (***I know what is at the end of the rainbow… my precious treasure- Lachlan! )

Last year… I spent hours researching St Patrick and realized …that even after separating the folklore and myth from reality… a movie should be made on St Patrick’s life because it would be an immediate block-buster!

Sneak Review… Marwyn Suceat ( Scottish name) was born in Great Britain ( Wales today) He was kidnapped at 16 by one of the notorious Irish raiding parties who made slaves of young teenagers -forced to risk their lives tending and protecting sheep and lambs from dangerous predators.

Patrick prayed for deliverance while his family , particularly his father, a man known for his strong faith, never gave up hope for his son’s return. Six years later Patrick courageously escaped and found his way home. The family was overjoyed… particularly when he decided to enter the priesthood.

But soon ” voices ” started coming to him…at night and in his dreams-relentless in its repetition. The ” voices” told him to return to Ireland … this time as a missionary. Can you imagine returning to the place of terror that held you captive all those years… to bring religion to people, like the Irish raiders, who murdered and captured young people… bonding them in slavery…but Patrick did just that…

Today he is known … as the Patron Saint of Ireland and is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

***To locate and read the entire story I wrote on St. Patrick last St Patrick’s Day… ( March 17, 2022) google ” The Amazing Story of St. Patrick” ( chapelofhopestories)

So until tomorrow…

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Here comes Tommy and Kaitlyn’s lilies they gave me two years ago! They should be blooming by Easter!

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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1 Response to It’s Time to Go Green … No Matter Where You Live

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Having worked with a good Catholic for over 7 yrs I now know many of the Saints …St Jude…St. Anthony …etc…they all have special gifts…this Baptist girl will some explaining to do when I arrive in Heaven because when I lose something I say a prayer to St. Anthony…and it usually works..

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