The Story Behind the ” Graduation Flower”

Dear Reader:

Hopefully, as many of you are reading this post today… I am watching Eva Cate dance the Maypole Dance and then receive her diploma at the fifth grade graduation ceremonies. Needless to say… I will be loaded down with Kleenex!

Sunday… as I was sitting by my old computer… something fluttered down and landed at my feet. It was a letter I had saved -given to me by my neighbors and longtime friends-Sam and Donna Clark. Curious… I opened it and began to read:

” These cuttings we left are for your garden if you would like to use them. They are Stokesia or Stokes Asters. We were given a few of them by a friend who has now passed on. He gave them to us in the Spring before Dana and Mandy ( our daughters were in the same class) graduated from high school.

On the afternoon of their graduation the flowers suddenly were all in full bloom for a graduation ” get together” that our family had at the house. Since that time we have preferred to think of them as ” Graduation Day Flowers.”

I glanced at the date on the letter… 4-14-18…four years ago! It took a couple of years for the plants to grow… last year I had a couple of blooms but this year they are proudly displaying their full beauty!

And it certainly has dawned on me that it is graduation day for Eva Cate, Mandy’s daughter, from elementary school and once again the Stokes Asters are in full bloom. Donna and Sam are right… it is the ” Graduation Day Flower.” It is also a treasured memory of friendship, kindness, and everlasting legacies!

A visitor!

So until tomorrow… I hope we all continue to learn from life because life is the greatest teacher of all… a lesson all our graduates will learn… following their life’s path.

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day… I love flower reminders!

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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