Proud to be Home to the Birth Place of Sweet Tea

Dear Reader:

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that as I drove back into town Thursday evening (in the footsteps of an earlier thundershower) I cut through old Lincolnville Road and came out right at the intersection adjacent to Town Hall. There was a party going on!

I had almost forgotten…the annual Summerville Sweet Tea Festival! I was ready to get home but something made me turn the car into my banking parking lot…someone was pulling out just as I drove up…a sign…had to do it…I had to at least get a picture of the Sweet Tea Jar this year….

Everyone was in a good mood…the shower had cooled off everything and it felt really refreshing. When I found this year’s largest tea cup container I waited in line to take a picture….but the lady in front of me insisted I get in the photo…she would take the picture. That’s why I love my hometown….so friendly! Here are some pictures I put together quickly yesterday morning before heading back to Mt. Pleasant. Summervillians have gotten very creative with sweet tea…even down to jam!

As I went back to my car I saw one of my favorite houses in Summerville all dressed up for fall and pumpkins…the first one off the block! So cute!

When I got home I remembered my “silver” pumpkins that I hadn’t gotten out yet when I came across this picture from a couple of years ago….it has got me thinking about tea again…and pumpkins!

I put this little message in the blog every year because it touches me every year…what a great lesson to remember.

Pumpkins and Acorns

An old poem describes a woman walking through a meadow, meditating on nature. While strolling about, she came upon a field of golden pumpkins. In the corner of the field stood a majestic, huge oak tree.

She sat under the oak tree musing on the strange twists in nature which put tiny acorns on huge branches and huge pumpkins on tiny vines. She thought to herself, “God blundered with Creation! He should have put the small acorns on the tiny vines and the large pumpkins on the huge branches.”

Nodding off, the woman stretched out under the oak tree for a nap. A few minutes after falling asleep she was awakened by a tiny acorn bouncing off her nose. Chuckling to herself, she rubbed her nose and thought, “Maybe God was right after all!”

*While you are reading this….there will be a party going on….Jakie and I are celebrating our birthdays today (Saturday the 23rd) even though our “official” birthday is tomorrow (Sunday the 24th) … it works better for us. Little Rhodes (my precious nephew) was born on the 23rd (one year ago) and he is celebrating his birthday on the 24th…it works better for them… lots of celebrating going on this weekend! Party On!

So until tomorrow…Let us always remember God… that You made no mistakes in your Divine Creation.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

 

 

 

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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 Proud to be Home to the Birth Place of Sweet Tea

  1. bcparkison says:

    Amen to God’s creation wonders.
    Love your silver pumpkin and the Tulsi tea. One year I grew the Tulsi basil plants and they do make the most wonderful refreshing tea.

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    :)…all is well

    On Sep 23, 2017 6:01 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that > as I drove back into town Thursday evening (in the footsteps of an earlier > thundershower) I cut through old Lincolnville Road and came out right at > the intersection adjacent to Town Hall. There was ” >

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  3. Jo Dufford says:

    Happy Birthday to you and Jakie! Hope you party all week-end and have the best birthday ever. Birthdays are great reminders to celebrate life. We have so many things to celebrate: family, friends, faith, country and so many others. I like how you started with the sweet tea festival on the square, so definitely calling Summerville home is another great reason to celebrate. One more time, celebrate all week or even two! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

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