The “Magic” of Nature in Everyday Life

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was such a “magical” day in so many ways…the results of my white cell blood count had risen…still low but no longer “critically low.” Staying off Ibrance (“The New Normal”) cancer medicine for three weeks did the trick. It was the first time my white cell count has risen out of the “critically low” category to low normal in over a year. Hallelujah! (And I feel the difference…not “hitting the wall” like I once did in total exhaustion.)

My IBrance daily dosage was lowered and in three weeks we will see if that has helped maintain the white cell count or if we need to switch to another cancer medication because of this challenging side effect…but for right now..I am just happy to have moved up a notch. * I really think having the foot wound healed has taken some stress off the immune system and it can use its reserve elsewhere now.

On the way home I drove around Tea Farm, the neighborhood next to mine… stopping to pull over at the “magic” spot where the fairies live :)…complete with mushrooms, hollow trees and pretty flowers. I think I must have gotten some pixie dust on me because all of a sudden I was seeing “magic” everywhere.

First I looked at my back yard neighbors’ trees shining in the late afternoon sun…sparkling like diamonds…gorgeous! How many people can see this scenery every day of their lives? How blessed I am!

*Research shows that “simply spending time near or gazing at trees can relieve stress, lower our heart rates, help us heal faster and improve our mental and emotional health.” The Magic of Trees- Tess Whitehurst

Then the magic…with the late sun’s rays hitting my grandsons’ Japanese Maples underneath the leaves…the cool red leaves on top burst into flames as the sun hit the back of each leaf. (same tree branch)

The same thing happened with the Confederate Rose bush (slowly coming back from its winter nap.) No hocus pocus...simply the magic of the sun’s rays hitting the leaves from different angles turning sunbeams (reflecting off the leaves) into instant technicolor!

I continued walking around just breathing in the cool crisp air…it felt like fall yesterday…rejuvenating! I kept shooting the photos from underneath the plants and trees upward towards the sun…a different perspective of beauty…like in these two red tips (given to me by Doodle for my birthday years and years ago!)

And speaking of “magic” Jakie  is “consumed” with cars so he was in “car heaven” at Disney World at the Magic Kingdom during spring break with his family. It was the annual flower show exhibition time there (my favorite) and “Mater” from the movie Cars had been made into a topiary! Mandy said it was actually cool in Florida…jeans and jacket weather…but packed with spring breaks going on all around the country!

Sharon Joyce found the perfect verses from Scripture to go along with the theme from yesterday’s blog on “Biomimicry”…returning to nature to solve modern problems. *Thank you so much Sharon!!!:)

Job 12:7-10 New International Version (NIV)

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.

Lynn Gamache sent photos from British Columbia…their spring comes later but it is definitely coming as you can see from some of the samples she sent. So pretty!  Thank you Lynn!

So until tomorrow… William Wordsworth warns us in his essays that we are connected to nature and when we lose that connection (those memories of when we were one with nature in our early youth)…we also lose the magic we once found in it. Once lost it is difficult to bring it back… a loss too incomprehensible to contemplate.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

P.S. I feel like something quite magical will soon occur…very soon.:)

*This is too funny….Doodle made her famous lemon squares and brought over last week…I gave some to the neighbors and other friends and took some over with me to Walsh and Mollie’s…the boys were more into ice cream and things like that but we girls…Eloise and I…pinched off one corner of my lemon square and she loved it! She kept pointing for more.

When I told Doodle this…she said that it was quite exceptional because normally children prefer other sweets to lemon squares…the taste for it matures with time. *And then there was Eloise woofing hers down. At the Wando Grill…she grabbed a slice of lemon off the table and plopped it in her mouth. Walsh and I watched waiting to start laughing when she  tasted it, made a face and spit it back out.

She did make a face but she certainly didn’t spit it out…she ate it down to the rind…Eloise has never met a food she isn’t willing to risk trying..You go girl- we are proud of you!!!

 

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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6 Responses to The “Magic” of Nature in Everyday Life

  1. bcparkison says:

    And lemons are so good for us. You go girl. Great photos…Come on Spring….We are waiting.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      In the lowcountry…we have a tendency to jump from winter to summer…with little spring in between…so I am actually liking these cool dips…since the day warms up pretty good no matter how it starts out. Once we get started with the 80’s with no intervals of 60’s or 70’s spring is gone…summer is here. As the old adage says…”Summer starts in April in the South.” 🙂

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Spring…when you come please stay awhile and don’t disappear on us…summer is always so pushy…trying to get here before we are ready or old air conditioners!

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  2. Pat McTeer Jackson says:

    I love you Blog! Brightens my day and saying lots of prayers for you! God is Good !
    Live today for tomorrow we know Not! Love you

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  3. Kaitlyn Swicegood Dingle says:

    Boo Boo YAYYYYY for the risen white blood cell count! What fantastic news. Also, I remember seeing a log like that with pansies when we drove around for a neighborhood “stroll” with your injured foot. Loving all the flowers!!!

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      You are right…it is in Tea Farm…the neighborhood next to Miler on W. Walker Drive..the cute little dirt road that connects two sides of Tea Farm…in fact where the original Dr. Shephard Tea Farm house once existed. Too cute…one day I will spot a fairy there..no doubt!

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