A Delightful Dappled Day

Dear Reader:

When I returned home from our family Mother’s Day gathering yesterday I placed the pink dahlias and teapot succulent under the tree while I carried in other packages. It wasn’t until late afternoon that I went back out and the sun now dappled through the branches adding to the flowers a beautiful glow . Dappled light! My favorite!

The Japanese have the most accurate term for dappled light ” Komorebi.” No comparable English word for this ” tree light” exists. The best we can come up with is sunbeam or a more generalized term dappled light.

Webster dictionary says ” dappled” is no longer a popular term but I give it my vote… I think it and the result of filtered light through trees is stunning!

I remember Grandmother Wilson would sometimes replaced dawdle with dapple! She would tell us to quit “dappling” around and finish our chores.

Once when I was about 12 I became “Miss Know it All” and decided to correct grandmother when she yelled at us to hurry back home and quit dappling around. I yelled back ” Don’t you mean dawdling around Grandmother”? My brothers and I started giggling!

When we got back inside Grandmother sat me down and said firmly-” dapple light is filtered light that doesn’t let full light in-so when I tell you to quit ” dappling ” I mean to give whatever you are doing your ” full ” attention and finish the job… as she walked away she turned and added ” and don’t dawdle while doing it.”

As I watched my family playing yesterday all together I understood what Grandmother meant… when it comes to family relationships we are either all in or out-our children deserve a full light of love from us -and should never settle for less-even dappled!

So until tomorrow… I hope everyone yesterday, whether scattered or not, felt glimpses of filtered sunlight on their shoulders- and in their hearts!

” Today is my favorite day”

Fun in the Sun

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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5 Responses to A Delightful Dappled Day

  1. So lovely children and your loving story , photos 👌🙏🌷Happy Mothers Day wishes to your Grandmaa 💐🙏
    Stay blessed 🙏


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the sunlight dappling through the trees and the sun on the water…and your description of children playing is so correct…love it. Happy Mother’s Day.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank goodness God gave me a grandmother who had the most common sense I have ever known! Hope you had a wonderful day!


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