Welcome December…The Month of Nostalgic Memories

Dear Reader:

Welcome December…the month of memories and joy! What is it about Christmas that brings past memories to the forefront faster than any other month? There really is something magical about this time of year. It is also the time when churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike tend to experience strong spiritual longings.

There is a deep yearning in all of us (as creations and children of God) for an experience to be fulfilled greater than anything our imaginations can conjure up in our minds. It is a time when our hearts demand more happenstances than our brains…we want something extraordinary to happen…something that changes our lives forever…something like time with our Creator.

All we have to do is create enough time and room for this to happen this month …enough room for God to show up and wish us all a “Very Merry Christmas!” Perhaps December’s slogan should be “Make Room for the Creator… Who made Room for Us to be Created!” 

*Don’t forget to say “Rabbit” today. The combination of spirituality and magic this month shows up in the first of the month “Rabbit” photo. I discovered little Tinker Bell in last year’s Christmas’s little fir tree plant while looking over last year’s decorations (how it survived without watering I don’t know) so I placed little rabbit next to the most popular fairy….a combination of magic, luck, and the true essence of Christmas.

Lucy, one of Anne’s sisters first sent me ‘”Little Tink” (Tinker Bell) for my garden several years ago. It got to be an on-going joke between us where I would lose Tinker Bell next. Tinker has ended up under cement benches, in a bird’s nest, and now in last year’s little Christmas fir tree planter. Here is an excerpt from the email I sent Lucy!

I was pulling out some Christmas decorations from last year and noticed a little fir tree planter someone gave me for Christmas…it had been left out on a table in the back room and forgotten…no water…little light…yet it was still alive. And guess who was in it…Little Tinker Bell…she must have scattered her magical pixie dust over the plant to keep it alive.
I have come to the realization that Little Tink never gets lost…but my memory does…still she manages to find a way to help me find her again every year. Doesn’t God do the same for us? We get lost along our journey but God makes sure we can find Him whenever we need Him! (God has the best built-in GPS…ever!)

Anne took me for my doctor’s appointment yesterday. We were just ‘clicking’ along having the best time catching up until we turned off I-26 and got on 526. There had been a wreck and we were stuck in a slow-moving mobile “parking lot” that put us back about half-an-hour.

Miraculously we had left early so we ended up only being about ten minutes late…it pays to leave early for appointments these days (with lowcountry heavy traffic a “given.”) One never knows what the roadways will surprise us with… on any given day.

Even on frustrating ‘stuck in traffic’ days God continues to have a sense of humor. A jeep pulled ahead of us and as we read the phrase on the back of his vehicle we had to laugh….”No Problem…with Problem spelled upside down.!

When we did get to the Comprehensive Wound Center in Mt. Pleasant we had another “pleasant” surprise! A representative from the medical company Organogenesis ( PSST! Quite the cutie!)  had come to observe the amniotic membrane being placed in the wound. (I believe I was the first patient to try this new procedure…lucky me.)

Wayne (representative) told Anne and me that this was the newest medical technology out there for my kind of wound. The membrane is a living membrane. Affinity stores the product in its fresh state, retaining its native tissue…the process avoids the extremes of heat and cold which can cause tissue damage or loss. It is the only fresh amniotic membrane that is not dehydrated or frozen.)

It  allows the fresh amniotic tissue allograft to maintain its structural viability for 42 days…longer than ever before. It is stored in this “fresh state”…(at least the color red works for December!)

So until tomorrow…Let us never forget that December is the month for miracles, especially as witnessed by the birth of Jesus Christ. And every day miracles continue to be witnessed by people like you and me… For me…seeing modern day medicine as another miracle  is bringing hope to many of us who would have had a much more difficult path to follow with breast cancer and severe wounds… only a short time ago.

“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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1 Response to Welcome December…The Month of Nostalgic Memories

  1. bcparkison says:

    Rabbit,Rabbit…White Rabbit.


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