A Personal New Year’s Remembrance

Dear Reader:

Once you have a birth in the family on a New Year’s Eve, it is hard to remember anything else that preceded it. New life takes precedence over anything else. So December 31, 2018 will always be the afternoon of the wishing tree in Hutchinson Square where Mollie, Rutledge, and Lachlan ( along with me) wished that Eloise would come that night.

Mollie only had time to get home when her water broke and Eloise decided to see how fast she could enter the world. One quick call from Walsh saying they were at the hospital and viola-Eloise arrived!

Three days later Walsh went to pick up mother and child and got caught in a rare New Year’s snow-detouring him to John and Mandy’s and there we all camped out for the next several days! Me included!

It is hard to beat that New Year’s memory-it returns vividly each year.

Just like the birth and subsequent birthdays on New Year’s Eve will be remembered as Eloise’s birthday… so Christians will always remember Christmas Day as the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus’s birth changed the world forever… just like Eloise’s birth changed our family’s dynamics and inner circle also!

So until tomorrow… Happy Fourth Birthday Eloise!

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

*** Eva Cate-reunited with mom and dad and Winnie! Homesickness gone-happiness on!

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 A Personal New Year’s Remembrance

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy 4th birthday Eva….sweet story…


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