A Determined Bloom

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Dear Reader:

As I was going through a drawer looking for some tissue paper…suddenly I came across this beautiful little surcie that (most likely) Harriett Edwards  brought me back from an ADK conference. After the Clemson win Saturday night…the orange brought back happy thoughts and yellow (my favorite color) just jumped out at me. I put it on the refrigerator.

Since it was Kaitlyn’s birthday I met Mandy and Eva Cate at her and Tommy’s place yesterday. They had gone out to eat Saturday night for her birthday so Kaitlyn said she was having a PJ, stay at home, leisurely Sunday birthday…just what the birthday girl wanted.

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Mandy said she needed to return some of Jakie’s pants she had bought at Nordstrom Rack before heading home…so I followed her and Eva Cate there and three generations of girls did some  shopping.

Eva Cate and Mandy had  good luck picking up some shoes and blouses…Eva Cate was kept occupied modeling hats while mom tried on some clothes. The Turners are heading to Huntsville today for Thanksgiving… so they were packing and getting ready. Safe travels John, Mandy, Eva Cate, and Jakie!

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By the time I got home from wishing Happy Birthdays and telling “Good-byes” in Mt. P…it was just starting to get a little dark. As I was checking the plants that might need a little extra cover last night…there in the light of the setting sun was one yellow Carolina Jessamine bloom.

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It startled me…especially after finding the little ADK surcie…what are the odds of finding one bloom on a plant that doesn’t even bloom now…not until February or March? A God Wink.

Once our eyes are open to all the miracles and coincidences happening around us…we are never the same again. The message from this little incident came across to me loud and clear…in life we don’t have to wait for the right season to bloom…we should bloom every single day and make the world a better place for us, simply,  being in it.

So until tomorrow…With Thanksgiving approaching…let us give thanks for our ancestors who came before us…determined to make this new country their home…against all odds. It is because of their determination that we can bloom in this amazing country whenever we wish.

“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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