Building Blocks of Life and Laughter

Dear Reader:

Yesterday morning while I was waiting to be called back for my annual physical at my wonderful Dr. Montoya’s office…I was kept amused by a small child…maybe 9 months or so (barely crawling but not walking)…who was sitting on the floor… propped up by her mother’s legs behind her.

Her mother had discovered a box of wooden blocks and placed them beside the little girl with the big brown eyes and ribbons tied throughout her hair…adorable. Intuitively she reached in the box and pulled out the blocks Then she started placing them one on top of the other. (*It is like babies arrive  pre-programmed… knowing what to do with blocks…start building.)

She continued… one block on top of the other on top of the other until they began to sway and they came tumbling down. All the previously bored-looking adults suddenly began watching the little girl in high anticipation.  She was our main entertainment and we all needed some. Every time the blocks tilted and then fell…everyone clapped with glee. The little girl looked around at all our faces and giggled too. It was wonderful!

As I watched… I remembered my own childhood and then my children’s …how after all the fancy Christmas toy presents had been revealed and played with….within a short time…the children all migrated back to the toy chest filled with blocks and began building again.

Without even being aware of it…each creation of God’s is given a blueprint deep inside showing the structure that reveals who we are…it is simply a matter of time before our own unique construction is complete.

“A child in a nursery school piles blocks upon blocks, pretending to build a house. A youngster on the beach mounds wet sand into the walls and turrets for a castle. Long we before we ever learn the word “architect” or its meaning… we become builders, mirroring, however faintly, the image of the Maker.”  (Images of God...John and Katherine Patterson)

The child playing with blocks, along with Honey’s bluebird of happiness and health (good luck charm) necklace took me over the top yesterday at my physical. All my vital check points were right on target and I am off  all diabetic medicine! 🙂

Dr. Montoya had been slowly easing me off the medication over the past couple of years and today she said my sugar levels were still perfect with the lowest dose medication. I no longer needed anything to regulate my glucose levels. She said this should also help my stomach problems from the new cancer medication since most diabetic medicines can affect nausea and diarrhea.

I left so elated….and now that I no longer have glucose problems I only need to see her twice a year instead of quarterly. Thank all of you for your prayers…they certainly did the job!

So until tomorrow…“We are all apprentices to the “Divine Architect” as we help build God’s design for the world….working as God intends for the establishment of justice, compassion, and peace.”

“Today is my favorite day” (It really was!) Winnie the Pooh

*I found this adorable idea on Etsy and found myself laughing and chuckling to myself. I think I might have to order these planks and letters to make witty sayings on the wall too. My adult-version of building blocks.

Wood Letter Board Ledge- Vinyl Record Storage-Wall Hanging Decor

Latest cuties in the garden:

*MORE fantastic news! Ted really likes the rehab center he has been transferred to….the staff is so nice and now Brooke is going to be able to start her own PT on her rotator cusp during the two weeks she and Ted are there….Hallelujah! God answered so many prayers yesterday.

Honey sent me this picture of the gorgeous sunset going down over the mountains in their back yard…a beautiful tribute to a day filled with God’s blessings.




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 Building Blocks of Life and Laughter

  1. bcparkison says:

    I am so proud for you and thankful for Gods goodness.
    The wall letters…good idea.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      The wall letters are a cute idea…makes one think creatively. Thank you for the prayer support…was so nervous yesterday about the “What’s if” at my physical and instead they all disappeared like the mist off a mountain.

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