A Hallowed Eve to One and All

A most beautiful gift from Susan Swicegood-Literally and Figuratively… a Most Succulent Pumpkin Planter

Dear Reader:

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!

Cousins swinging cousins
Halloween Bingo. Guess who won the first prize?
Dance of the Bad Jack ‘ O Lanterns
Dance of the Zombies
Guess Who Made the Winning Soccer Goal? Jake!
The pond looked like July 4-blue skies reflecting amid red leaves

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?

You go girl!

So until tomorrow… stay Hallowed and Happy

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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