Take Time for a Slow “Mojo” Day…You Deserve It!

Dear Reader:

Just before I headed over to Vickie’s beautiful back garden to feed Sweet Fuzz (the cat I am babysitting) her breakfast and pour some clean cool water in her bowl…something caught my eye in my own back yard garden…It was a turtle…slowly making its way across the yard from the fence to the garden path.

I was in the middle of tying up the sunflower stems…they are so tall and thin…they just collapsed under the weight of the torrential rains a few nights ago. (looking like a deflated giant yellow and green mushroom spiral.)

I got some cord…the sunflower stems were sticky and scratchy…not fun to work with…by any stretch of the imagination…but I finally got it done! (It was like tying up a Christmas tree to lug to the car)

When I finally turned round the turtle was missing…no way it could have made it across the big back yard into the garden…but it had…I actually found it on the other side of the garden…this turtle’s name should be “Speedy Gonzales!”

Right after seeing the turtle in the garden…I came across two other turtle symbols (within an hour)…a school teacher/student t-shirt (on-line) and a turtle garden design from a  high school friend on Facebook…

Very strange…Somebody was sending turtle vibes my way…and I finally decided I was being cautioned to slow down in this extreme heat and just cool it inside.

I made one trip out to drop off some start-up supplies for my niece, Bekah and her daughter, Ady in their new apartment…They weren’t home so I left the goodies and gift cards in a bag by their door. Glad they had a happy surprise when they returned! Have fun ordering off Amazon girls! I sure do! 🙂

I got back, fixed a banana sandwich for lunch and fell asleep until I heard Jeff outside…he had returned to cut my bushes out front down, down, down!

They only have been trimmed but never really cut in all the years I have lived here…so  I was ready to get them cut down to my window ledge level…and not have the “giant” azalea bushes and others bushes dominating the front facade of the house.

The azaleas will have to go through an “ugly” wood stage… but not for long with this hot, wet summer we are having…the green foliage will cover it in a blink…in the meantime I am so happy to finally get the front bushes in a more manageable and organized condition.

Now when I look out my window..I don’t see a wall of green any more…but I get to see life in the neighborhood.

Isn’t it hard to believe we are already at the Fourth of July? What is the old adage about time…”The days are long but the years fly by?”

Even deliberately slowing down my personal day yesterday…the sun kept rising, then climbing, then sinking…while the moon took over its cycle of time. No matter what we do or don’t do…stay busy or not…nothing changes the daily natural cycle of life. Thank you God for that one constant comfort of reliability…of dependability!

Even when we ignore time (or try to) life keeps growing in spite of it.

So until tomorrow…While we sometimes (during these pandemic days) seem”stuck” in the waiting room of life…this, too, will pass. In the meantime….Give yourself a “slow” moving day as needed! 🙂 and remember: “Be gentle on yourself.”



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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7 Responses to Take Time for a Slow “Mojo” Day…You Deserve It!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    The yard looks great…will be by soon…we have Blake and Emily here for the 4th and a little longer…enjoying them since we have not seen them a lot lately…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Have fun…will be out of town too…with Mandy and all the family…aren’t we fortunate to have some family around for the holiday…makes it so much more enjoyable! :).


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Happy fourth….never a dull moment with family is there? We had our share of drama but just laying my eyes on family shoots the best kind of medication into my body…the healing of love. Have fun with Blake and Emily!


  2. Jo Dufford says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Fourth. It makes me so happy to celebrate our nation’s birth. Can’t help but be grateful for all those who died to give us this great country. That saying, “It takes as long as it takes” is really a good one to hang onto during this pandemic. My children say that I use this one all the time, “It is what it is”. happy Fourth of July to you and yours.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      We can’t rush it…as much as all of us would like to…so we just need to keep giving it our best shot and do the best we can under the circumstances…Happy Fourth Jo…isn’t this what our brave soldiers have done in every war?


  3. I think today will be my “slow day.” I have retired again! As much as I love teaching, doing it online isn’t fun. Keeping people on task means extra work, as there are somany excuses, including, believe it or not, the student needed me to reopen assignments because they were at the beach with their family! The doctor told me to take at least a year off ib this pandemic, but I decided that there really is a time to “hang up the saddle.” Lovely yard you have.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      A very wise decision…we all know that moment when we realize beyond a shadow of doubt that it is time to take a new bend in the road and see what lies around the corner for us…you will be surprised how it all works out for the best. Happy Retirement.


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