A ” Double Speed” Day… Fast and ” Ed-i-Slo” …

Dear Reader:

What a day yesterday was… we kicked into high gear… leaving Edisto around 9 and putting the pedal to the medal to get to Columbia to see our missing Ya Libby! We picked up some ” home” cooking at Lizard’s Thicket … pulling up to Libby’s house!

In the South… if you put four women together with southern cooking around a table… nothing else is needed! The world’s problems are solved!

Libby’s improvement is nothing short of miraculous! With a broken neck and arm she has adapted to everyday normal routines with creativity and iron-grit determination!!! The only problem we had was time ticking away too quickly!

We were so happy to be able to run a much needed errand for Libby before we left… but Libby saved her biggest surprise for us as the finale.

Libby loves playing the piano but with her high neck brace and completely limp broken arm she couldn’t move her fingers. In fact the first thing she did… after weeks of rehab ( finally returning home) was to try to move them on the keys… but to her great disappointment ( after using her good hand to place her other hand on the keyboard) -to try to play some notes… her fingers couldn’t move.

But Libby would not give up… last week she sent the Ya’s a video of her fingers slowly playing a scale. Yesterday for the finale she played loudly, clearly and beautifully ” Oh God… How Great Thou Art”… to a standing ovation , hugs, and tears. Libby is returning! We witnessed nothing short of a miracle!

So until tomorrow… so many good things happened yesterday it is hard to take it all in… Jackson found her mother’s lost ring after two years of thinking it was gone forever ( hidden in a suitcase) Kaitlyn texted me to say United Airlines let her and Tommy travel back home… an Irish bow tie Tommy got for Walsh arrived in time…. and we got to spend time with Libby… the Ya’s reunited… finally!!!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Brooke, as a longtime resident and lover of Edisto, told me that if anybody is in a hurry don’t come to Edisto… it hasn’t been nicknamed ” Ed-i-Slo” for no reason!

So today… Ed-i-slo!!!!

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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A ” Double Speed” Day… Fast and ” Ed-i-Slo” …

Dear Reader:

What a day yesterday was… we kicked into high gear… leaving Edisto around 9 and putting the pedal to the medal to get to Columbia to see our missing Ya Libby! We picked up some ” home” cooking at Lizard’s Thicket … pulling up to Libby’s house!

In the South… if you put four women together with southern cooking around a table… nothing else is needed! The world’s problems are solved!

Libby’s improvement is nothing short of miraculous! With a broken neck and arm she has adapted to everyday normal routines with creativity and iron-grit determination!!! The only problem we had was time ticking away too quickly!

We were so happy to be able to run a much needed errand for Libby before we left… but Libby saved her biggest surprise for us as the finale.

Libby loves playing the piano but with her high neck brace and completely limp broken arm she couldn’t move her fingers. In fact the first thing she did… after weeks of rehab ( finally returning home) was to try to move them on the keys… but to her great disappointment ( after using her good hand to place her other hand on the keyboard) -to try to play some notes… her fingers couldn’t move.

But Libby would not give up… last week she sent the Ya’s a video of her fingers slowly playing a scale. Yesterday for the finale she played loudly, clearly and beautifully ” Oh God… How Great Thou Art”… to a standing ovation , hugs, and tears. Libby is returning! We witnessed nothing short of a miracle!

So until tomorrow… so many good things happened yesterday it is hard to take it all in… Jackson found her mother’s lost ring after two years of thinking it was gone forever ( hidden in a suitcase) Kaitlyn texted me to say United Airlines let her and Tommy travel back home… an Irish bow tie Tommy got for Walsh arrived in time…. and we got to spend time with Libby… the Ya’s reunited… finally!!!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Brooke, as a longtime resident and lover of Edisto, told me that if anybody is in a hurry don’t come to Edisto… it hasn’t been nicknamed ” Ed-i-Slo” for no reason!

So today… Ed-i-slo!!!!

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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