Finding Our Place…At Our Own Pace

Dear Reader:

Monday, my new lawn maintenance keeper, Jeff, cut my yard and garden for the second time. Michael had assured me Jeff would be terrific and he is!

He is a detail person…cutting weeds between flowers and plants, detailing and outlining all the paths in the garden, along with the driveways and sidewalks in the front and side yards. After Jeff leaves…everything looks precise and pristine!

Didn’t God know what he was doing when He made the world round? By doing this, we discover that at any time and at any place…(what may initially seem like an end)… is only a beginning!

This is true over the sadness of losing Michael, my yard man I had for several years, but now gaining Jeff and starting over with a new beginning…both men –  hard workers and diligent overseers.

Look how precise the garden paths look following Monday’s cuttings…

(What I have noticed is that I need to get my driveways and sidewalks pressure washed…so they will be white and shiny again…always something with a house, isn’t it?) 🙂

I’ve come to notice how gardens are used more as metaphors for life than any other place or thing…“Life is a Garden” is a popular quote and also “Love is a Garden” follows quickly behind.

I can see the double metaphor…because in both circumstances…time, patience, continuity, reliability, wonder, surprise, and pure thankfulness must abound to have a successful loving relationship or a thriving garden.

In order to have successful endeavors in life…we must not be afraid to ask…for help, guidance, clarity (clean, clear paths) unconditional love, understanding, protection, and inner peace.

In return we must share our time, space, friendship, and gratitude for those encircled in our lives…while always expanding our circle of friends.

We should pray our journey is a long one…while savoring all the stops along the way. It is the stops that make life meaningful and memorable.

And always find and honor your pace. There are still so many places to be seen for the first time where you will no longer see things as they are. Instead you will see things now as YOU are.

So until tomorrow…”Remember…always keep one still, secret spot within your heart where dreams may go.” – Louise Driscoll

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday was another cool, cloudy day that required long sleeves to be comfortable…hard to believe we start out in the sixties each day and barely get in the 70’s…for June in the lowcountry…this is quite extraordinary…but all the plants and flowers in the garden are loving it!

What I loved was several moon flower seedlings that Anne had started…and  told me to go pick out six for my container while she was gone. I did and happily worked on getting the seedlings planted yesterday. Love getting my hands dirty!

Then when I checked the mail…Marcia Temple, Mollie’s mom, had sent me the sweetest gift. See for yourself!

I love gifts from artisans around the world..empowering women to “rise above poverty through fair trade.” The green bracelet says FAITH on it.It reminds me to always go forward with faith!

Guess whose birthday it is today? June 18!


Seven years ago Marcia and I were hurrying to Walsh and Mollie’s house with lunch as they were scurrying out to go to the hospital…where we later joined them...after we ate lunch! 🙂

Rutledge had arrived…Eva Cate’s first cousin and she was so excited!

Seven years old…Rutledge will be in the second grade this year and Lachlan in public kindergarten…they are both so excited about school starting.

We are having Rutledge’s birthday party Saturday…originally he arrived on Father’s Day…so special!

Until then…Rutledge is working on his construction engineering skills…might be a future in this endeavor! 🙂

P.S. Did I tell you that Paul McCartney is so honored and “humbled” to be able to say that he shares Rutledge’s birthday? 🙂

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 Finding Our Place…At Our Own Pace

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy Birthday to Rutledge…your yard looks great. I need to come sit for a spell…miss you.


  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    Having seen this garden grow step by step, it feels as if it is a part of me. It is so beautiful, and I’m glad you have it to enjoy at any time, but particularly at this time. That Rutledge is so handsome and full of life. Tell him happy birthday, and he is receiving hugs from so many want-to-be his grand mamas too.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Oh Jo…you are too sweet! He would love some more grandmothers too to love up on him…being the first..he loves attention and especially loves hugs from folks like you Jo…warm and love-able! Stop by any time with Colby and see the garden….


  3. Beth Brewer says:

    Your garden is beautiful as are your words. Always so inspiring!! Thank you for that.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Beth…how sweet! And this year the ‘firecracker vine’ you gave me is healthy looking, green and climbing finally again…no “firecracker” blooms yet… but praying for some. I realize that I have the vine in the wrong spot…it obviously likes a lot of water and shade- has been so happy this season…I have it right in the middle of the garden by the path…and apparently it is getting too much sun there normally. Will move it before the sun returns and the 90’s…will email you a photo. If you have any other suggestions please offer them! 🙂


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