Cinco De Mayo

Dear Reader:

Today is the fifth of May… I took two years of Spanish in college and actually ” aced ” both I and II without being able to speak a word… never had an ” ear” for different languages but I could memorize anything …so I did great on ” writing number quizzes ” and even sentence structures… and reading for understanding was no problem…but ” No hablo espanol.”

( What saved me was working for my Spanish professor on work scholarship… she was very kind ( and compassionate) to me.)

I have always been drawn to the month of May…so beautiful…but for years I never really got to enjoy it to its fullest … first as a student ( cramming for end of year exams) and later a teacher. So many end of school year activities are crammed into May … that ( especially) as a teacher… I felt like all I was doing was planning events, grading papers, and filling out report cards! May was exhausting!

I still remember my first year after I retired … May was everything I had dreamed it would be. It soon became our Ya retreat month as everyone retired … which made the month even more endearing and today May and early June are the most spectacular garden months… the delights of new spring flowers and plants… never grow old… unlike their gardener.

My desire to keep planting is undermined by my back wanting to take a rest… have to remember ” Inch by inch and row by row… slowly watch my garden grow.”

( Yesterday Ann Graves from Dorchester Presbyterian and Jean from Summerville Presbyterian Church came and toured the gardens… lots of fun! )

One quick history lesson behind Cinco De Mayo celebrations. ( Actually the United States celebrates it more than Mexico.) It is an annual celebration that commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

It is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day ( September 16-gained freedom from Spain) which is Mexico’s largest national holiday. But our country loved the Mexican-American culture exchange… ( particularly advertisers and retailers) starting with California. Today Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston lead the country in tequila and taco 🌮 celebrations!

So until tomorrow… Taco’s anyone?

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

May is also Pip’s favorite month since two years ago he was voted the month of May calendar dog … now I wouldn’t go so far as to say he got the ” big head” about his winning selection ( after all his head is still tiny) BUT we do have to address him as Pip May or ” Mr. Mayfor the rest of the month!

Taco Pip?

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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