A Short but Important Response Example on Kindness

Dear Reader:

Many of you living in the area and others just visiting Charleston have probably heard the name of this restaurant- Hyman’s Seafood. It has become an historical culinary benchmark in downtown Charleston.

It was 1986 when the great grandsons of the Hyman brothers (dating back to mid-1800’s)…changed the name of the building from Hyman’s Wholesale to Hyman’s Seafood Company... and the rest is history. Today you might spot a marker on your table that says Neil Armstrong, or Jodi Foster, or Oprah,  or Dolly Parton …(and others too numerous to mention)… sat here. When they ran out of tables…celebrities’ pictures began to  surround  the walls in framed photos.  Soon the idea of autographed plate wall-hangings added to the decor.

…But it was for none of the reasons cited above that compelled Cindy Ashley to forward me a sign located outside the restaurant that shows perhaps the best example of not only kindness, but compassion, and dignity too. (So proud it is in Charleston!)

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if signs like these started popping up all over Charleston, South Carolina, the United States, and the world?

We all  must remember that an act of kindness, no matter how well-intended, can easily leave a recipient feeling belittled instead of grateful.  Benevolence must always be tempered with compassion…thus leaving the recipient’s dignity intact with a promise to pay it forward one day in memory of this day.

So until tomorrow… Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes heavenly music in Heaven

“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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2 Responses to A Short but Important Response Example on Kindness

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Eva’s has done similiar things for many years
    ..when Miss Eva was alive her staff said she never wanted anyone to go hungry…and even now the new owners share examples of people whe “pay it forward”…such a nice thing for Hyman to do…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love that….if only everyone thought the this same way instead of falling back on judgement as an excuse not to help… rather than compassion. Thanks Gin-g! Have a great weekend!


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