Life is all about Connections

Dear Reader:

In most schools in the Lowcountry it is count-down week to summer vacation! An oasis of happiness waits on students and teachers! An ending to one of the most challenging years of teaching and student learning… ever-a well-deserved respite!

Because schools were late opening, due to the pandemic, they are now late closing… usually Memorial Day signifies the educational ” cease-fire” to the academic school year in the South. It is bare footing season!

Feeling connected to each other is a basic human need-we all felt the absence of the physical presence of others during the past year and a half. Thank goodness for that new wonderful connection-vaccinations-for helping restore physical hugs and kisses again! Our physical, emotional, and psychological cravings for other human connections is embedded in us- a part of whom we are. We feel lost without these vital life connections!

John McCain once confided that the hardest part of being a POW was solitary confinement… ” The most important thing for survival is communication with someone, even if it’s only a wave or a wink, a tap on the wall, or to have a guy put his thumb up. It makes all the difference.”

Some might think the two types of people in the world are the glass half-full or half-empty folks but I disagree. Instead there are the people who believe we live in a world where random acts befall us and we are at their mercy and the people who believe in connections and patterns in life-I fall in the second category.

Sadly these two polarized views of life are as opposite as our country and the world today.

We have to remind ourselves daily that the human race is more similar ( down deep) than different. We all long for security, peace, well-being, and hope for a better tomorrow with the American Dream intact and alive for all our children, no matter the race, gender, status level, or heritage.

Scientists repeatedly assert that the universe IS connection. Everything is connecting to everything everywhere all the time. We are all the threads that comprise the web of life.

So until tomorrow…

” Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect! ” -Chief Seattle

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

I am drawn to the marsh where life lives in abundance-plant and animal life connecting and dependent on survival together -the marsh behind John and Mandy’s home.

Life imitating art through an unique connection…Anne’s potting shed sign!

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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1 Response to Life is all about Connections

  1. Beautiful photos and beautiful writing 👌🌷🙏have a nice day 👍🏻😊

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