The Miracle of Love Grows Exponentially

Dear Reader:

As a middle school teacher I was always looking for books on different historical topics told from the perspective of a young adolescent. I could teach the facts but facts without emotion don’t stick. Years later it was the stories told around the event that stayed in my students’ memories.

I remember one book we read at Bible School one year dealt with the theme of the miracle of making room for love. (Title Picture)

Mushroom in the Rain was adapted in 1997 from a Russian folktale. It tells the story of a lone ant seeking shelter from a sudden rainstorm. The ant just fits nicely under a little mushroom . But minutes later a wet butterfly pleads to share the space with the ant who initially claims there is not enough room and is surprised when the butterfly fits-other animals appear…a drenched mouse, a dripping sparrow and even a rain-soaked rabbit… and somehow they all continue to fit together. After the sun comes out… they realize the miracle was a natural phenomenon-mushrooms grow in the rain.

I immediately thought of my five grandchildren to date… I felt so much love for my first grandchild Eva Cate that I wondered how I would feel when Rutledge arrived … until he did…with merry laughing eyes and an infectious personality! I was over the moon!

Then little Jake surprised me…arriving exactly on my birthday followed by our Irish lad Lachlan on St. Patrick’s Day!

Not to be outdone… Eloise arrived bringing in a New Year and spreading the love again. Each child bringing their own unique personality to the mix!

There is always room for love-we never run out of room for loving any of God’s creatures-our lives are only enriched by each addition!

So until tomorrow

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

And here are some of my favorite plants blooming-love reaping what I sowed!

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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