A Five-Star Day!


Dear Reader:

In yesterday’s blog entry we were talking about pink stars and super heroes and mentoring roles. In actuality yesterday was spent with Eva Cate as a reward for her earning 5 Stars each day last week at school for listening, participating, sharing, helping, etc!  

Overall Eva Cate has been getting pretty good daily reports but now and then they got a little inconsistent so I told John and Mandy to put her to the test and if she came through she could have a special reward day with Boo. Goal: A Five-Star Week! She did it! Five days…five stars each day – 25 Stars! *And it so happened that Mandy had a five star week at her school too….so I figured we could double reward this….an overnight surprise for Eva Cate and a little break for mom.  (Mandy used some of the time to get her hair done…a nice luxury with two little ones….looking good!)


Mandy dropped Eva Cate off around 11:00 yesterday morning and soon we are off….Continental corner, a little shopping, movies, a walk around the town square for Eva Cate to see all the school children’s Halloween entries. We even stopped by Anne’s to wish her a big Happy (Almost Halloween) Birthday!









thumbnail_img_3884Mom and Eva Cate share an angel for a memento of the Five-Star Week.

thumbnail_img_3887Look how Eva Cate’s Japanese maple has grown!

thumbnail_img_3892A Future Miss Summerville in the making…having fun in Town Square with all the cut-outs.










thumbnail_img_3915At Simple to Sublime Samantha found Eva Cate two fun surcies… the coolest print sticker painting book for kids using single, double and triple digit number stickers to complete pictures and odd couple socks…two socks that purposely don’t go together…like Eva Cate’s choice: a Bee and a Bear. They are adorable!

By the time we got in it was starting to get dark so Eva Cate could see the fence Boo sign all lit up, and the front porch pumpkin lit up…a fun way to end the day.





Of course the only deterrent to our outdoor plans were those pesky mosquitoes….I wonder how much it would cost Summerville to rent Jack Frost for about three nights in succession in order to get rid of our malevolent mosquitoes. We need a hard frost….go away mosquitoes.


img_3917Eva Cate waited to the last minute to pull off her Halloween trick on me….vampire teeth!

It was a wonderful day….a whirlwind day for the memories and building memories is one of the most important gifts we can leave behind.



So until tomorrow: “I think i’ll just be HAPPY  today” (and I was!)

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Poohthumbnail_img_3914

*I simply can’t close the blog without commenting on watching the Clemson Tigers, under Watson, pull off their magic again…and again…and again. (Glad Eva Cate has slept through my disappearing acts from the bed to the den….screaming into a pillow to silence myself.) Yes…I was happy today and late last night. Go Tigers! And I “think I will be happy today watching the re-runs with no stress.”


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 A Five-Star Day!

  1. Gin'g Edwards says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate….we were in Columbia with our 4 little ones. ..did you get your witch’s hat decorated


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