Taking Time to ” Be”

Old St. Andrews Parish Church

Dear Reader:

If I could have more days like my yesterday …my heart would sing a lot louder. After our windy rainy Thursday …yesterday was picture-perfect!

Bluest blue skies, cool but not too hot or cold, gentle breezes but not gale forces, sunny with just enough warmth to want to curl up in a hammock but not too much to fall asleep and get a sun burn-it was ” Goldilocks on her best behavior-kind of day.”

Now add a 300 -plus-year old church near the banks of the Ashley River with a rich history declaring it the oldest surviving church in the Carolinas ( 1706) and lunch at its annual tea room fundraiser with a favorite friend ( Honey) and well… life doesn’t get much better.

The lunch menu is famous for the richest, creamiest she-crab soup around with shrimp paste sandwiches and congealed salads… topped off with a selection of historically baked desserts from all time periods. Check it out for yourself!

Five years since our last tea lunch-happiness is!
The kind of beauty dreams are made of…

We always pick up some ” tomato” knives they sell at the annual fundraiser -perfect for slicing red juicy tomatoes razor thin-once you cut a tomato with these knives you can never use anything else.

On the way out Honey and I bumped into one of our favorite people we worked with at the district office.. the Public Information spokesperson-Pat Raynor. Pat retired just a few months ago and is still acclimating to a new serenity after the crazy pace her job required. I told her ” Well Pat, a little bit of advice-when people ask …What are your plans… what are you going to ” DO” -reply- ” Nothing… I don’t ” do” anymore… I just ” Be” and I have discovered ” Being is enough.”

So until tomorrow…

Thanks James for finding and sharing this wonderful art work


May the Spirit of comfort and compassion envelope all who dwell in fear. May the Spirit of wisdom and humility enliven our global leaders. May we affirm the dignity and rights of all free men everywhere. May we seek ☮️ peace!

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

Pam Stewart shared this ” First Day of the Month ” Rabbit- the message is for every day of the month and year!

Great Monthly Message! Thanks Pam!!

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 Taking Time to ” Be”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a wonderful day…think the last time I went there was with the two of you. And I got one of the knives too…love it. Love your picture…two of my favorite sweet ladies.


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