Labor of Love

Dear Reader:

Today, September 3, we are about to enter into Labor Day Weekend… the official good-bye to summer!

On a personal note September 3 , once upon a time, was the Labor Day for me that brought the most beautiful result for all my hard work… Mandy… my oldest child!

Yesterday I went to a florist shop as soon as they opened to pick out a cotton wreath for a friend and neighbor whose mother had just passed at the Presbyterian Village. I chose cotton because it symbolizes healing and protection… and wherever she hangs it-it will remind her of her loving mother.

From there I picked up snacks and Pepsi’s for my brother Ben … for his fridge since I was picking him up for his appointment with his heart specialist.

I went early so we could hang out and eat lunch before the appointment-on the way we stopped by Mandy’s and gave her… her birthday present!

At the deli as we were eating a couple came up and thanked Ben for his service to his country … Ben had his Vietnam cap on. His face just lit up in surprise and delight! It was so moving!

We saw four members of the medical staff for over an hour-nice, respectful and thorough with several change recommendations to improve his quality of life.

Returning home… with the porch lights coming on… my guardian angel was there to greet me!

And it all started with two magical hibiscus blooms climbing over a deserted water can!

So until tomorrow May we all look for ways to do a labor of love for others- because it always forms a circle of life!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

And now to one of my proudest labors of love… Mandy!

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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4 Responses to Labor of Love

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy Birthday Mandy.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Mandy is getting so excited! Family leaving for Mexico Sunday for a national conference John is involved in…lots and lots of obstacles they had to cross to get there…but it finally all came together!


  2. Honey Burrell says:

    Happy Birthday Mandy! You have brought great joy to many! May your year ahead be filled with the best life has to offer! Love you!❤️🎂❤️


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