Nature’s Reach for Life

Dear Reader:

I love flowering vines…like the morning glories and the moon flowers because I am always in awe of the vines reaching out into nothing-ness…sheer air…as if somehow knowing there is a trellis or fence or some kind of support system for them to wrap their tendrils around and hang on for dear life. These vine plants definitely understand the meaning of the expression “taking a leap of faith.

Yesterday morning, for the first time, the moon flower leaves’ tendrils had reach up and out until it found the trellis….as I watched one tendril waving in the breeze…searching for something to wrap its tendril around…a strong breeze blew the tendril close enough to the trellis and immediately the tendril quickly wrapped itself tightly around the trellis fence. Miraculous to watch.

I had planned to add some string from the morning glory trellises to the top of the wooden fence to help the vines climb…but the tendrils from the morning glories had already made their ‘leap of faith’ too…and were climbing up the fence all by themselves.

So until tomorrow…If plants  have that much faith in their Creator that He will guide them by sheer touch and provide them the support they need to keep climbing through life…don’t you think God is doing the same thing for us…if only we keep the faith and take the leap?

* Mollie said that is how she felt when she signed up for the race several weeks ago and began working out every day to get the strength she needed to be successful and show her children the power of perseverance.

Walsh sent me a video of Rutledge and Lachlan running out to hold their mother’s hand and be with her to cross the finish line. I get choked up each time I see it….this picture is adorable…a moment for the memories and a teaching lesson from a mother to her children. Take risks in life and live it to the fullest.

We are in a wonderful weather pattern…we are getting thunderstorms at night with the sounds of rain falling throughout each evening… lulling one to sleep… and then staying dry mainly during the day. The plants love it. It has been almost five days since I have had to water…what a great “stay”cation! (Planting more lantana)

For the very first time my magnolia tree (that has always been squeezed in between my neighbor Bentley’s trees and my trees and azalea bushes never bloomed)…too much competition for the light…!…I found two blooms on it yesterday…so happy! All kinds of trees are popping up.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

The gardenia bushes are in full bloom and smell heavenly…especially with the rain storms this past week. Honey, I put a gardenia in one of your cute pottery cup looks adorable and smells wondrously.

*** Would appreciate lots of prayers going out for Libby whose surgery is tomorrow, June 11. Libby is having bone spurs in her neck removed that could potentially cause spinal problems down the road…this surgery has required a lot of pre-surgery tests, treatments, and discomfort… everyone will be very happy when it is over…especially Libby.

Here’s to great success tomorrow and the beginning of regaining your quality of  life back again Libby! We love you…lots of prayers coming your way that God guides the surgeon’s hands to restore good health and vitality!.


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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2 Responses to Nature’s Reach for Life

  1. bcparkison says:

    Garden looking good. Prayers for Libby.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Rain is miraculous ….turned a struggling garden into a paradise again. Thanks for the prayers…this is a serious operation and one all of us will be glad when it is over.

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