The Secret Weapon of Life… Courage

Dear Reader:

Tuesday Brooke and I will meet at Edisto Beach for a few days to celebrate another Ya gathering-but it won’t be the same without Jackson and Libby… in absentia.

Jackson is still acclimating to her new daily life post cancer surgery and Libby’s brother is also undergoing cancer surgery.

But I thought about it and decided Brooke and I will have to be the gladiators for our friends who are fighting their own personal battles or helping others in their families fight theirs.

As I was working on a flower arrangement to take to Edisto… I decided to add gladioli-after all their shape is in the form of small swords used in deadly battles as entertainment for the Romans in the Coliseum by courageous gladiators !

It is said that gladiators wore gladiolus corms around their necks to help them survive and be victorious!

I was thinking Brooke and I should make some gladioli around our necks for our two Ya’s in commemoration of their courage and perseverance. Besides gladioli symbolizing strength and courage it also represents friendship-the perfect plant for this unique Ya retreat!

One legend tells the story of

a cruel Roman commander who captured two Thracian boys and turned them into gladiators. The two boys, Sevt and Tere were close friends but the cruel commander forced the friends to fight each other…promising the winner freedom and a homecoming.

When the trumpets sounded the two friends stuck their swords in the ground and rushed to each other with open arms, ready to receive death. They were immediately put to death but legend has it…once their bodies hit the ground-their swords took root and blossomed into tall beautiful flowers! In their honor the flower was called gladioli.

So until tomorrow… these flowers are still a symbol of friendship, loyalty, and memory! The way we were and soon will be again-no longer former shadows of ourselves!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

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 The Secret Weapon of Life… Courage

  1. carpoole says:

    Becky, you taught me something today, as so often happens. I have always loved gladioli even without knowing the legend. That’s another pearl you have shared with me. I am so sorry about your friends’ struggles. Rest and refresh yourselves so you can help them with their fight. Love you so much,,CarolSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    • Becky Dingle says:

      My Carol! So happy to hear from you. It will be a different Ya retreat…but we will spend it planning for the next one…the one in which we will all be together again…friendship. Take care and i know you have a wonderful summer planned…enjoy and I will travel with you vicariously!


  2. Beautiful story about the gladiola.Be safe and praying for God’s protection for you both on this journey. Friendship is something I miss at this time of my life.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Friendship is so important and becomes even more important with the years…it is easy to become lonely without it….it has been a year and half since we were together…never gone anywhere near this long without seeing each other….but we will visually communicate at the beach…and dream about our first official get-together…plans are important so we all have something to look forard too.

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  3. Well arranged flowers and article also so nice 👍🏻🙏🌷


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