She Wore a Pink Ribbon

Dear Reader;

Grandma Moses was right when she said, ” Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.”

I came across this story that I read, a long time ago, from lots of different stories on breast cancer-I had marked it to save. Today is a good day to share it.

Kitty Taylor’s mother was dying in a crowded charity ward in a large inner city hospital. Kitty’s father, an alcoholic, had left the family years earlier.

So Kitty, at fourteen, became the little mother to her three younger siblings. Now Dr. Gordon told Kitty that her mother had a very aggressive cancer.

” If your mother is lucky, she will last about three months… and if she is even luckier… she won’t last three months.”

Harsh as the words sounded… Kitty understood. The pain was so bad and it would get worse.

But Mrs. Taylor wanted to live and looked on each day as a blessing. As long as she was alive her children wouldn’t be put in foster care. So she prayed and clung to life.

Dr Gordon watched in wonder as the months stretched on and on. There was nothing more he could do for her yet her hope shone brightly in her eyes.

Strangely… since Dr. Gordon couldn’t help her-she began to help him through her faith and courage. One day she told him ” When death comes swiftly and suddenly-one can not prepare for it. But since I know I am dying and each day may be my last, I can make it a day of beauty and blessedness.”

Kitty was allowed to come to her mother’s bedside and each day she brushed her mother’s long hair and pinned a pink ribbon in it.

Mrs Taylor would send Kitty around to speak to the other patients and even give them a cookie from a kind cafeteria lady at her daughter’ school.

She always thanked the nurses who brought her medicine. She literally bloomed with life and light as she lay dying with a pink ribbon in her hair.

When no more strength was left one day she died. But her day to day struggle to show how precious life was did not count for nothing. Dr. Gordon adopted all four children so they could stay together.

” This woman taught me a great lesson, Dr. Gordon told the judge as he signed the adoption papers. She showed me how precious life is-worth fighting for and the pink ribbon was her badge of honor.”

So until tomorrow-Are we blooming where we are planted?

Kept Lachlan and Eloise yesterday and she is my girl with the pink ribbon in her hair.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Here are some “pretties” blooming around me-where they were planted.

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 She Wore a Pink Ribbon

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Loved today’s words. Oh so true! Miss Eloise is so beautiful and growing up so fast! I so love seeing your beautiful flowers. Freezing temps later in the week are still preventing me from planting.
    Have a beautiful day! Love you lots and lots!


  2. Rachel Edwards says:



  3. Jo Dufford says:

    Words to live by. That is a beautiful story. I just can’t believe how fast Eloise is growing. Little Red will soon be as large as Big Red was, and she certainly is taking the words, bloom where you are planted , to heart. We are being blessed with a beautiful spring in our corner of the world, and I’m loving every minute of it. Have a good day and share it.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love sharing my day every day and your and Colby’s rose bush has just gone wild this year…so beautiful…will email you a picture later today…it is definitely sharing its beauty…the same as Clone Big Red…the most buds and potential more blooms than seen since the “transplant” 🙂


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