The Sun Came Up Today

Dear Reader:

Haven’t most of us experienced an alien feeling or thought… upon losing a loved one… that the world should stop turning on its axis at that precise moment in time… or that life, as we once knew it, would never be the same again?

I remember experiencing this strange sensation (for the first time) as a 14 year-old… the year John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I remember school was called off that Monday morning…following the Friday assassination…and I remained glued to the television over the entire weekend… but especially during the funeral procession and ceremony.

Earlier when I awoke that Monday morning of the funeral…I asked mother if the sun had come up. I remember she looked at me strangely and replied “Yes”…it was up and shining brightly. “Why?” she asked.

I mumbled “No reason” but secretly I truly believed if somebody as important as a President died…and particularly in such a terrible, heart-breaking way…surely the world stopped.

I felt the same way a few years later…when my younger brother died…way too young…days from college graduation with his whole life still ahead of him. “Why didn’t the world stop to recognize this?”

Since that time, like everyone else, I have experienced more losses and I now know that the world never stops turning and life never stops “living”… no matter the magnitude of the disaster or calamity… person or circumstance.

Life goes on. The sun sets and the sun rises again. God’s promise never falters…the one true “Compass” in our lives.

As for the future…I think Archibald Rutledge sums this up most beautifully in his remembrance of Hampton Plantation following a very destructive storm that caused havoc inside and outside his tedious, back-breaking renovations on his ancestral home.

A month after the tragedy and destruction from the storm Rutledge surveyed his land…his “nature home”…and realized that hints of re-growth were already starting to show. With life and nature… ruin is transient. Resurrection of beauty and goodness are eternal.

He concludes his observation with one of my favorite quotes from him.

“Hope is stronger than fear; love is greater than grief; life is mightier than death; disaster is simply an incident of time. The shadows and rain of today will nourish the blossoms of tomorrow.”

So until tomorrow….”The blossoms of tomorrow” are still in bud…but tomorrow looks brighter as new life and perspectives unfurl for this beloved country.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

I plopped my foremost New Year’s Resolution up against my desk top computer screen so I wouldn’t forget the message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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4 Responses to The Sun Came Up Today

  1. Happy New Year, Becky. Just your title helped me today, and that beautiful rose. I may be naive, but I remember having to pay at the front of the bus and then walk to the back to get on the bus. I remember places we could not be caught after dark, as it meant sure bodily harm. I remember not being able to eat at counters in the stores of downtown Chattanooga. But, I also thank God that all of that changed. Yet, I underestimated the anger that those changes brought, blissfully living wherever I wanted and working at a job once denied to blacks and women. I have to believe that enough Americans of all races, political views, and social classes will come together in love and mutual humanity to ensure that hate will not overcome love, that darkness will not overcome light, and that evil will not win. I know that God is bigger than evil and politics and hate and the dark, that the Light still shines in the darkness and the dark will not prevail. Forgive this long post, but my heart hurts so much. To think that I a black woman count you as a friend and enjoy your posts and watching your grandchildren grow! That was impossible once, so there is hope.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      How beautiful…and you are right…my friend…the window has been cracked and many are now following the light and warmth of a world without racial, gender, or political bias. Like you I have to believe that the day is coming when we will all be together in God’s love here on earth. Thank you for your message today…I needed to hear it again too! Love, Becky

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  2. Janet Bender says:

    What an encouraging post today, Becky! I needed this. Thank you!

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  3. Rachel Edwards says:

    The sun will always come up tomorrow…God in His wisdom…❤❤❤ the entry today…

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