The Many “You’s”

Dear Reader:

Eva Cate’s art class had to do a self-portrait drawing recently, and this is how Eva Cate perceives herself at age eight. I love to compare these drawings with earlier years and see her self-image evolving as her perspective on the world and her place in it changes also.

I thought what an interesting life-size abstract could be created of all of us…showing the changing faces of ourselves as we go through life….Are our expressions becoming more open or  closed? Are our eyes growing wider or smaller with the wonders of the world around us? Are our limbs growing longer to embrace the world or are we slowly shriveling up as we hide from new experiences?

Each of our life abstracts would be different….some stay primary-bright colored to the end while others become more subtle until finally all color has faded into white and then disappeared leaving no image behind.

When I discovered the following thought…it spoke to me today…I hope it does to you too.

When we look in the mirror these days do we still see the child within us who wants to play, the self-conscious adolescent who wants to be beautiful, the young teacher who wants to make a difference, the harried mother who wants her children to turn out prepared for life’s challenges, and the aging self who finally has time to reflect back on her life and see it for what it was …glorious!

So until tomorrow…Take time to reflect on the “thousand versions of you”….you will be surprised how strong your “oak tree” grew!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Some days while working on my blog I feel like I in a scene from Snow White …the one where all the birds and animals of the forest gather around her in the woods…the little chickadees are doing this to me.

They eat from my bird feeder and then fly over to the outside window sill by my computer desk and play up and down the window. They are so close I could touch them if the pane wasn’t there. They make me laugh out loud with their funny antics.


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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