The Ambiguous Enigma of Time


Dear Reader:

When Mollie, Marcia, and I went into Marigold’s on Short Central yesterday…my eye caught this insightful message by C.S. Lewis… It was sitting on a chair and I immediately took a photo “shot.”

I re-read it several times and thought to myself….how perfectly true this thought is! We get so caught up in our day-to-day life, that we forget this seeming constant routine is a delusion…underneath all the repetitive activities of daily living…time is slyly and craftily changing us… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

It takes unexpected “benchmarks” like…out-grown clothes, holidays approaching (again) photographs, and seasonal ending events…(like the end of school) to remind us that everything has changed and that it is the change itself…that is the only true compass…the only constant in our lives.

With family….time makes itself even more apparent through photographs.

Eva Cate (First Christmas) and (Fifth Birthday)



Rutledge  (a blink and a wink)- L-R (Rutledge now, his baby picture and his little brother Lachlan) *Strong gene pool!



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Jakie…..Two Weeks and Now ( 7 months old)


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Lachlan…March to April  (6 Weeks)


Another way I can tell time is the expansion of my garden from orange duct tape encircling an empty back yard of dreams… to the reality today….even in the past few days changes are apparent. (Lucy is now perching on the inside gate ledge…as if she has declared herself…the “Protector and Empress of the Moon Garden.”)

There are more blooms on the plants (the pretty blue iris has two more bulbs just about to bloom, the climbing vines are doing their thing-climbing higher, and a new butterfly bush has replaced the only hydrangea bush that didn’t make it. Just one bush out of the whole garden…not bad!

















Even though we humans are forced to live in “chronos” (chronological) time on earth…don’t we all have moments when we get a glimpse of “kairos” time….eternal moments?

For example: How many times have we tried to gather up all the family photos to organize into a scrapbook ….only to never finish the project…because we get caught up in the memories of each photo?

Hours can pass as we stare at the past through pictures and it is only the descending darkness or a telephone call that awakens us from our reverie.

I like this quote but I feel sometimes that everything does happen at once….maybe there are some gaps in the time matrix…or once again the magician named “Time” has pulled out its delusional tricks.

So until tomorrow…Enjoy every single second of every single day for the rest of your life….let go of the “low’s” as quickly as possible and hold on to the “highs” for as long as you can!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

* While pulling  C. S. Lewis’s quote I found a humorous one I like:

Isn’t it funny how red, white, and blue represent freedom until its in your rear view mirror?

* Marcia and I exchanged “surcies” Tuesday and look at this adorable angel she brought me….* I can’t afford to wait until Christmas to put it on a tree….Instead…I like the feeling of being surrounded by angels every day! Another addition to the “Happy Room”! Thank you Marcia!



download (1)*And speaking of angels….Happy “Official” Birthday to my friend Brooke….friend for a lifetime….and to Dr. Silgals who is helping me keep a lifetime going.

*And to Joan who was there for me the first week before and after my diagnosis/surgery….helping me get through all the paperwork and emotional ups and downs! Happy Birthday!!!

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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3 Responses to The Ambiguous Enigma of Time

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    What a beautiful way to start the day! Oh how I love seeing the pictures of your babes! I have thought about aging a lot lately. I’m holding tight to memories and overlooking the wrinkles. Your garden is Devine. Hi and hugs to Marcia!! Love you lots and have a beautiful day,Honey


  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Hi Honey… live and walk in beauty every day and bring it everyone you meet my friend! Come stop by the garden and we will have “tea” next time you are down and have a few minutes!


  3. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Your pictures really hit home about time…it is amazing how quickly they grow up. Jake looks so much like John and Lachlan does look like Rutledge. I didn’t think so until you put the pictures together. Miss you…have a great day.


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