A Vignette on the Joy of Coming Home!

IMG_0025Dear Reader:

Nothing is more exciting than leaving on a trip except when it’s time to come home. Home is truly where the heart is.

The beach mid-winter retreat was everything we hoped for and even more…like the weather it just got better and better. Tomorrow I will have pictures to accompany our five-day get-away but we all felt the “need for speed” in getting away and being together again.

I have decided that I would be able to tell time these days (not by a clock or watch) but by my fresh bouquets of flowers….look at the extra buds that opened while we were away.


So much has happened in our lives since the last gathering….a new baby…(little Caleb) a grandson for Brookie,  a new home for Jackson, and a chance to see how Libby has fared through so many family health crises and try to  provide support.

The older we grow…the more similar we become….or perhaps we have always been one and the same….it just took a lifetime to recognize it among each of….the Ya’s. Life has a way of even-ing everyone up….we learn that we are truly One under God.

“Our life is our prayer. It’s our gift to the universe, and the memories we leave behind when we someday exit this world will be our legacy to our loved ones. The best thing we can do for ourselves and everyone around us is to find our joy and share it!” ~ Anita Moorjani

I definitely found my joy at Pawleys with my Ya’s….I am also returning with renewed energy and faith. I am not alone walking my path through life….that is an important thing to know.

So until tomorrow….I will rest in my own bed tonight and re-live the memories of the past week until I fall asleep. Sweet dreams!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


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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