A New Look at Easter Traditions This Year

Dear Reader:

Necessity is the “Mother of Invention.” I wanted to add something different to my spring/Easter wreath on my front door, especially since I needed my bunny for another decorating spot. I sat down in my recliner (where I do my best thinking) and just started perusing my “Happy Room”…surely there was something in here that would work.

And then I saw “her”…Theodosia…the Gardening Toad. Honey gave “her” to me inside a bag of other goodies one birthday and I fell in love with the little gardening toadie frog!

(I decided to name her Theodosia (after Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia who married a South Carolinian governor and lived in the lowcountry until her strange disappearance at sea after leaving Georgetown, South Carolina harbor on the schooner, the Patriot, to New York…similar story to Amelia Earhardt’s… she simply vanished…neither she nor the crew nor the schooner ) were ever seen again.)

So I started thinking…bunnies aren’t the only animals to represent Easter and Spring…gardening toadie frogs can do the same thing…especially for me, a garden lover, at this time of the year. Viola…my Easter wreath.

I took my bunny and let it be a part of the front porch decoration!

Just looking at all the colors in the garden making their first appearance this spring…is enough of an Easter present for anyone.

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***You might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned “something” today. I needed a break…don’t you? Today I will (personally) and purposefully avoid any news or discussion of it…my time will be spent outside.

This is going to be a “long haul” and I have decided that some breaks are not only needed but necessary to keep one’s attitude focused on the every day delights of life…and avoid the controversial politics of it for my own physical and mental health.

This is what I have done all along with my fight against “little c.” I have never capitalized it when I speak of breast cancer because it doesn’t deserve the respect capitalization represents. This strategy to date has worked well for me…so I will certainly acknowledge and do all I can do to avoid this new other “little c” experience befalling all of us…but not at the “extreme” of giving in to it.

***Eva Cate and Jake let me know a couple of evenings ago that I would be getting something in the mail yesterday that they made. I told them I wouldn’t sleep well Sunday night because I would be too excited! Sure enough…a large decorative envelope was in the mailbox with two beautiful Easter art drawings by the grandchildren.

My first Easter presents! I love them…and am hunting for the best place to display them!

(* Spiderman and his Easter Egg…I mean…can you get any more “Easter” than that?  🙂 🙂 🙂

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Yesterday I heard from Ambika in India…one of my longest devoted blog readers…she found my post when she needed hope badly several years ago… she was a young girl starting out in a dental career with all the pressures of tests and exams to accomplish her dream.

Since then she has practiced her profession, met and married her husband, left Dubai for India, and they now have three little boys…the youngest only three months old. Ambika definitely has her hands full.

Last summer she updated us on the terrible drought going through India and the suffering she witnessed as a result. And now, of course, their country is going through the same process we are in trying to stave off this pandemic.

Ambika wrote two days ago…

Hi Becky.. Hope you all are doing well there… And I really hope that all of you are safe from this pandemic virus…
Here’s news from my side… We are all facing a lockdown in India… The whole country is quarantined and literally staying home now… And this lockdown period for now is 3 weeks…

For the first time in years, we have not had any church services.. And this Easter week without church is also heartbreaking… Unfortunately, because of the curfew, we are all having to pray strictly at home only, no freedom to even go out, except for essentials like groceries, fruits, milk and veggies…

It’s a really tough time here, and the virus is spreading easily like wildfire… In such a time as this, all we can do is trust our Almighty God to heal the world.. Please do keep us in your prayers and we are doing the same… Regards to all…

BTW, my youngest son is 3 months old already and his name is ADVIK IMMANUEL… ADVIK means unique…

Take care… Loads of love n prayers….

Ambika

You have our prayers and love. This image has been circulating on Facebook and now I want to send it on to you from my country to yours…may God bless and protect all His “children” from this affliction attacking our world…a world grown smaller because of it.

Love, Becky

So until tomorrow:

“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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5 Responses to A New Look at Easter Traditions This Year

  1. ambikasur says:

    Thanku so much Becky… From our hearts to you all too… Much love and prayers..

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  2. Lynn Gamache says:

    Another day dawning here in British Columbia, Canada….or by faith I believe it will dawn. For now the moon is bathing the world in it’s soft light. It is beautiful and so peaceful. And to think that t his moon can be enjoyed by others all around the world, and the same sun shines on us all too. So many blessings from our Father above, besides the wonders of His unconditional love!

    It was special to hear from Ambika in India today. Some of my best friends here are my Indo-Canadian friends from this Asian country. There is Varinder, Bishan, Sukjit, Jaswinder, Sarbjit and Sudesh to name but a few. Each of these are amazing women with equally amazing stories. They are resilient. Resourceful. Brave. Generous.. Kind. Loving. And each have had the challenge of adapting to life in a new country. I am so thankful to have friends such as these who have blessed my life in many ways. I have tried to teach them English. They have taught me so much more!

    In these tough times may we be quick to encourage these who are most often separated from family in their homelands and wonder when they might see them again. We wonder too, with a son serving in Myanmar, SE Asia. The virus seems not so rampant there but then there is not the ability or finances to test there as we do here. Their situation is one where they simply live by faith day by day. There is no hoarding as they don’t have the extra money to hoard. They often live day to day on only a couple of dollars. Life has been hard for them financially, physically, politically for many years. They have learned to be resilient in times like these, and they press on with determination and joy. God bless them each one, and keep them ever in Your loving care.

    I read this on my daily calendar today: “When God allows a burden to be put upon you, He will put His arms underneath you to help you carry it.” In His love and by His grace, Lynn

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