A New Take on ” The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” … Indomitable Faith

Dear Reader:

Most of us grew up reading or hearing a parent or teacher read us the story of two mice cousins who learn how different life can be… depending on the location of our childhood and later adulthood.

The initial version, titled ” The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” was one of the original Aesop’s Fables. In this version the proud town mouse visits his country cousin-who serves him a simple meal. The town mouse scoffs at the lackluster meal.

So town mouse invites his country cousin to come eat with him. At first all goes well as the cousins dine on white bread and other fine foods. But suddenly they are attacked by the house cat… who had already killed town mouses’ parents.

Country mouse decides to return back home immediately-preferring security to opulence. Or as Aesop concludes: ” I’d rather gnaw a bean than be gnawed by fear constantly.”

The beautiful writing prompt that reminded me of this story had nothing to do with cuisine or an abundance of material goods… but an abundance of faith.

Archibald Rutledge, once owner of Hampton Plantation and Poet Laureate of South Carolina writes in his famous memoirs…

” To me it has always appeared that a simple faith is far more natural to people rurally environed than to those amid the artificial cities and palaces of civilization.”

” From the dawn of history… shepherds and herdsmen and woodsmen have been natural worshipers. Lying from birth on the ample sweet bosom of nature, they who are country dwellers never find it hard to sense the nearness and the power and the love of God, whereas the city dweller, surrounded by the work and the power and the imperfections in character of man, are less free to feel God with them. So, at least, it seems to me.”

The orange trumpet vine has arrived! Always a surprise waiting in the garden!

So until tomorrow…. ” It is my fixed conviction that if a parent can give his children a passionate and wholesome devotion to the outdoors, the fact that he can not leave each of them a fortune does not really matter” Archibald Rutledge

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

And here’s another cutie Winnie-straight from the ” beauty parlor.”

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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