A Fresh Pair of Eyes…

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I babysat Eva Cate and Jake and while pulling in to Wakendaw Blvd (Wakendaw Lakes) I was stunned by the beauty of the freshest green on the new oak leaves shining in all their glory. There must be over twenty big oaks that line the long boulevard entrance into the neighborhood.

Even with overcast, chilly, skies….the look of the “new” oak leaves was inspiring. I couldn’t help but think that the process of old oak tree limbs shedding their last vestiges of brown leaves in exchange for soft, emerald green must be metaphorical for us leaving our old shells for new life one day. Heaven must be the same emerald shade of green always shimmering in its own beauty at the beginning of spring.

Later, as spring turns to summer, the green shades on oaks and other green plants tend to turn from the lively bright, fresh color of green to a darker green…still pretty…but lacking that fresh look of wonder.

Jakie loves the Disney film “Finding Dorie.” I have watched it with him at least four times in the last few weeks; John has assured me that Jakie has seen it at least twenty times by now. He is mesmerized by it….his eyes filled with wonder…he never blinks except to point excitedly and repeat different sea animal names.

Looking at him watching the movie…an outsider would never guess that he has watched it so many times prior to the immediate viewing. It is just as fresh to him as it was the first time he saw it.

As many seasons as I have lived now (Thank you God!) the first green of spring still fills me with wonder and delight. I can’t get enough of it. By now I know this shade of green is temporary and that makes it even more intoxicating.

Isn’t that, also, what makes life so exciting? We all know that we will go through many different stages and “shades” of life…but if we keep the faith and follow God’s directions…He will provide us with “fresh eyes” to see life for the first time again…over and over.

If we take the expectation and anticipation we have for spring and direct it towards an expectation and anticipation of what God is going to do in the lives of those around us, as well as our own, truly powerful things can and will happen.

So until tomorrow: Father, never let us stop looking at life with the fresh, young eyes of wonder and anticipation. Through your Son, we have been given the opportunity to a renewed life, like spring green leaves on oak trees. Let us not take this gift for granted.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday Frances Townsend (Miss Effie’s daughter) responded to the picture of “Out of Plumb”  and blurb with another funny anecdote. *(The floor wasn’t level as a result of the famous Summerville earthquake.)

“When she was making a 2-layer cake, Mother would have to turn the pans half-way through cooking so the cake would not be lopsided.”

And lastly…don’t we all look through fresh pairs of eyes when it comes to love…a love  soon to be united in marriage. Kaitlyn had a few sneak peek photos taken over the weekend with the photographer for the wedding. I told her if these were practice-run sneak peeks I could hardly wait to see the wedding photos.



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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4 Responses to A Fresh Pair of Eyes…

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    You always look at life through fresh eyes. Loved all the pictures and thoughts yesterday about Summerville It is good to be reminded about the people who have preserved and are preserving the beauty and history of this town. Don’t remember when everything has been more beautiful than this year. (Spring is just a number anyway.) Perhaps it was just as beautiful last year, but that is one advantage of being older, you forget, so it is all seems better right now.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:


    I have always marveled at all the shades of green. I know all colors have different shades, but green is one of my favorite. I guess it is because so much of God’s beautiful world is covered in variations of green. Jake is adorable, and I know about watching your grandbabies do something…love the smallest things…maybe b/c I missed them when I was busy rasing my own two boys. And the picture of Kaitlyn and Tommy is absolutely gorgeous. Oh, young love…nothing like it…makes your heart swell with emotions. So happy for them.


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