Valentines Memories

Dear Reader:

I heard recently on a news report that Valentines Day is taking a ” hit” this year due to timing and the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately Valentines Day falls on a Monday ( never a great ” party day ) this year and then, to add even more congestion … it follows Super Bowl Sunday!

The old adage ” Timing is everything ” certainly appears to be coming into ” play” in this year’s situation… football play! I read where some creative families are putting cut-out hearts around posters of the team they are pulling for with player’s names -dressing up mascot bengals or rams in Valentine attire, cutting subs and sandwiches into the shapes of hearts.

One smart football fan told reporters he was sectioning off enough left-overs from the Super Bowl party to save … so he can surprise his wife Monday night with dinner, roses, and candles -kids sent to grandmother’s house! A win-win!

As far as my memories go back-to the days of the classroom Valentines decorated shoeboxes-Valentines has always been a day of emotional roller-coasting… a mixture of surprise and happiness and/or stress and disappointment. We have a tendency to build it up into something it was never meant to be-a popularity contest.

Upon reflection at this stage in life… I realize that everyday we should be opening our hearts and sharing our love with our fellow man. The truest measure of love is through action and reassurance that ” love abidest” still and always will.

So until tomorrow… A glance, a wink, a hand, a hug and a whisper of love will always win out over candy, jewelry, flowers or ( incredibly a super-duper football game!)

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

My heart is happy-hanging out with the Boo Crew yesterday

Rutledge’s Super Bowl Ring
Lachlan-the man with the moves!

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 Valentines Memories

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Oh my goodness…how your Valentines have grown…in the blink of an eye…good looking group…Happy Valentine’s Day…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you and yours too…stop in the name of love our sweet grandchildren and let us savor each moment for the memories!!! Happy Valentines!!!!!!!!!

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