Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

Dear Reader:

I agree with artist, Kelly Rae Roberts’ life observation-” Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

I remember in high school doing my best ‘wondering’ in study hall or any academic class where I wouldn’t get ( busted) reprimanded for doodling.

Oh how I loved to doodle! My two favorite wonders were letters and flowers.

We had just moved to Laurens, South Carolina and turning those letters into objects of wonder (from my new home town) fascinated me endlessly!

There is something about a name starting with an ” L” that allows a writer such freedom to slant the “L” tilted forward with the subsequent letters ( as in Laurens) small and almost hidden under the “L” branch above it. Letters just seem to flow effortlessly when heralded in by an “L.”

Sometimes in my doodling… I would add wild, zany flowers growing under the slanted ” L” branch! I was in my own little world creating a miniature world from letters-ah… the beauty and wonder of it all!

Roberts found her sense of childlike wonder and fun again in her paintings through ” doodles, colors, and wonky flowers”

She also discovered wonder was always within her presence if she just paused long enough to see it -Kelly loves looking for hearts in nature and found one in a tree she had passed by many times without noticing.

These days I find wonder in my garden daily… such as the way a sun’s ray can turn a garden into an enchanted forest…

… or how the angle of a photo can encompass two complimenting assets of beauty in one shot.

… or capturing the struggle of a gorgeous hibiscus trying to raise its face to meet the morning sun!

…. wondering in amazement how Jake can be turning 7 this year and how Boo has a 7 by her age too -what a coincidence! 🥳🤣

So until tomorrow…” He who wonders discovers that this is wonder in itself.”

” 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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2 Responses to Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    This brought back memories of drawing pictures in elementary school…no devices so we drew…girls would draw pictures of houses with flowers…trees …clouds and a sun, while boys would draw battleships with bombers etc
    ..sometimes I would draw those too depending upon my mood. I still draw my house picture for my grands adding stick figures to represent their family members. Sweet memories ..yours were more creative.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      There is something so magically calming … letting one’s creativity guide one’s hand holding a pencil or marker across a blank canvas with no plans, just feelings


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