The Most Important Direction

The Tradition of the Irish Compass

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was a ” Big” Day for the Lowcountry-The annual Cooper River Bridge Run and Summerville’s annual Flowertown Festival-both of which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists!

My job… weave my way through Summerville to get to the interstate to get to Mt Pleasant to keep Rutledge and Eloise while Mollie took Lachlan to a birthday party! I will say it again… life is never dull… thank goodness! .

And speaking of directions… did you know the Irish have “” 5″ traditional compass directions? North, South, West, East,… and HERE?

HERE is an old expression the Irish immigrants used, to mean wherever they lived in the world, the mother country is always with them in their hearts. HERE is wherever the spirit lives, and its days can be brightened with a lush, green garden evocative of the Emerald Isle itself.

As I keep adding more and more to my side secret garden sanctuary …it is becoming more Irish everyday!

My Gaelic Irish Stepping Stone Compass
Green Green and more Green!!!

It is said if you want a real Irish garden… you must fill it with as much green as possible and always have an Irish Rose Compass in it… a famous Irish tradition!

***When Jeff cleared out this secret space for me ( three years ago) between old azalea bushes and magnolias on my side yard property (right outside my writing/ creative room) it has only taken a little time for the azaleas to start popping up underground-I keep them trimmed low so one day tiny buds of azaleas will appear , as ground coverage, in between the recently planted flowers-oh… so much to look forward to…

So until tomorrow… May we all add a fifth direction to our own personal rose compass-this time letting HERE stand for God in our presence encouraging and guiding us in the right direction… HOME.

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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1 Response to The Most Important Direction

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤❤ it will add here to my directions..
    Kinda like maps that say “you are here,”
    Love the pictures of the kids

    Like

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