Out of Darkness and Gloom… We Still Can Bloom…

Dear Reader:

” Winter showers and showers and showers bring a bounty of wildflowers!” Suddenly newspaper headlines are filled with the ” miracle ” of a rare Poppy Super Bloom” replacing earlier pictures of devastating mudslides, floods leaving death and destruction in its wake… followed even earlier with California snow blizzards enveloping homes for weeks and hulking trees crashing into homes and severing electricity. ( Seemingly endless nightmare on top of nightmare on top of nightmare.)

I could hardly bring myself to watch the devastation keep repeating itself in the same proximity … I would silently scream ” Enough already… enough!” It appeared way too high a price …as a relief from earlier prolonged droughts… it was like some kind of bizarre ping pong game… drought, rain-drought, flood-drought snow storms. But finally the prolonged rains and floods did help bring relief from a prolonged drought… but at a high cost.

Now suddenly… like the Israelites finally reaching the Promised Land… California is drenched in color – from the Sierras to Malibu- deserts to meadows in Sacramento.

Meteorologists say the a similar phenomenon occurred four years ago… these days with California’s boom-bust cycles of precipitation-it is anybody’s guess when a super bloom might occur again… and if there is enough recompense for all the hardships but like Noah’s rainbow… it restores hope. One resident commented on the rare poppy super bloom where once only deserts existed … ” This is how we find our souls again.”

The Super Bloom is so massive and densely packed across large tracts of land that satellite photos look like paintings touched by a painter’s brush.

So until tomorrow… Hope is just not sought after in darkness but learning to accept it in the light of a new day… in all its beauty.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

May we always have a Winnie in our lives… and if not a Winnie… a Piglet!

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 Out of Darkness and Gloom… We Still Can Bloom…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Absolutely beautiful…and so very good for the soul…

  2. Ron and Lynn Gamache says:

    What you wrote was so meaningful….”beauty from ashes” we can find if we but pause and look and ask God to give us His eyes to see. The pictures–amazing. Awesome. Vibrant. Glorious! Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.

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