” Necessity is the Mother of Invention”

Dear Reader:

I never cease to marvel at the creative endeavors and newly recognized entrepreneurs who have risen from the pandemic like a Phoenix from the ashes.

Many used the loss of jobs to do what they always wanted to do… follow their passion and are happier than before the pandemic for taking a leap of faith!

The stories I love the most are the people who found a need and decided to meet it head on… putting others’ needs before themselves…

Creativity is in full bloom these days -many times using mundane things around the house to put to good use and improve conditions.

I discovered a bin of old newspapers in my garage… and it took me back to my teaching days. WWI aviators who fought in open cockpits were always looking for a way to stay warm while flying in cold conditions-after trying several things … wadded newspapers won out!

When I came across this next creative solution to a problem, in a story, I had to smile.

” Dr. Williams is Upstairs”

A doctor who devoted his life to helping the underprivileged lived over a liquor store in a poor section of a large city. In front of the liquor store was a simple sign reading ” Dr. Williams is Upstairs.”

When he died they found no relatives and no money had been left for his burial. He never turned away any patient who couldn’t pay-which were most of his patients. Friends and former patients raised enough money to bury him but there was not enough left to mark his name on a headstone.

Then one creative soul came up with the solution. They took the sign from the front of the liquor store and nailed it to a post over his grave. It made a lovely epitaph:

Dr. Williams is Upstairs

So until tomorrow…Good works towards our fellow man will be around far longer than the time it took for the good deed to be done.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Remember my huge hibiscus bloom from yesterday-now look who joined it!

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 ” Necessity is the Mother of Invention”

  1. Hibiscus white so beautiful 👍🏼🌹 nice post to read 👌🌹🙏

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

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