Let the fun begin! I love Halloween for all its creativity! And one family member really pulled off a great “act” Friday! But first… another look behind the history of this holiday.
The term ” Halloween ” combines two word origins -” Hallow’s Eve” and “Hallowed Evening.” In early Europe the word “hallows” was synonymous with ” saints.” Hundreds of years ago saints / hallows went door to door collecting money, clothing, and food for the poor.
The term “Hallowed” means greatly revered, honored, and/ or consecrated. We hear both terms together in one famous line from the Gettysburg Address!
” But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate , we can not hallow this ground.” Lincoln concludes his thoughts with…only the brave men, living and dead who struggled here deserve that honor!
Yesterday I kept four of the five grandchildren with help from Katie-a babysitter and now student teacher. In our attempt to wear the kids down-we were the ones who wore down! A visual history of the day!
And now the most creative Halloween costume-Kaitlyn going into work ( law office) Friday dressed as Elle Woods from movie Legally Blond! See who’s in her pocketbook?
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.”