Grit Refuses to Quit

Dear Reader:

How many times do we find ourselves giving ourselves pep talks on exactly why we “should would could” do something we have put off for various reasons and when finally accomplished … are so glad we ” did?”

I only have to look at this photo to realize that the definition of grit in the dictionary should simply have mother’s name beside the word. Lost her husband at 31, left hand to cancer a year later but never considered quitting life or her three children -instead she re-taught herself to type with one hand and raised three children alone as a secretary and put all three through college! She should be the Should, Would, Could Did pin- up girl!

And how exceptionally lucky my two siblings and I were to have this remarkable woman in our lives as a mentor and path finder!

Since Mother’s Day is almost here I want to save more of her amazing life for then but her greatest gift she gave us was her faith… her unbelievable unfaltering faith in God and His love for her.

So until tomorrow… Take time to reminisce over the people in your life, to date, who have made the biggest difference in it. Then thank them!

Here is my shout out to two of the best neighbor/ friends anyone could hope for and they live right next to my brother… no doubt in my mind God placed them right there for my brother because they are his guardian angels with not one but two sets of wings! Tony and Lori Grainger!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Happy Fourth Anniversary Tommy and Kaitlyn ! They are in the Highlands this weekend celebrating !

Hopefully next year they might be in their favorite spot on earth-Dingle Ireland!

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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2 Responses to Grit Refuses to Quit

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Your Mother was such a strong and faithful woman…who not only was a survivor but also helped her children to have those same traits. Her legacy lives through Ben and you…and your brother who lived his short life to the fullest.

    Happy Anniversary to Tommy and Kaitlyn. Hope thry have many more to celebrate. Hope Ben continues to improve each day.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you.

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