Sharing a Reflection on Life

Kaitlyn’s moment to “birthday wish” last year

Dear Reader:

For some reason yesterday morning… I woke up early and was wide awake… I checked on my blog post ( just popped up) and then Kaitlyn’s post popped up a few minutes later.

Kaitlyn is a gifted writer… and after reading her entry I knew I wanted to share her unique but also universal “take” on reflecting back on a year that proved more challenging than most before it. Yet Kaitlyn was able to see and understand the lessons learned from the year that was.

…And what better time to reflect than when another birthday is approaching? In the title photo from last year, her good friend and office manager, Holly, had taken her picture just as she was about to make a wish. But now she can’t remember the wish and wonders what it was that she wanted then, what mattered then as compared to now. Gone in the wisp of time.

Last year was a tough year for Kaitlyn and Tommy… Holly, unexpectedly, moved to Colorado, their fifth anniversary to Dingle, Ireland…was tainted by both of them coming down with the coronavirus, Khaleesi ( one of their ” fluffy babies” ( Kaitlyn’s little ” girl”) passed, they had to move back in with Butch and Susan, ( Kaitlyn’s parents for weeks) while their home was taken apart to fix an extremely expensive plumbing problem. ***I will just stop there… you get the picture.

And now… here are Kaitlyn’s reflections in her own words.

” When I was wishing, I wonder if I realized how lucky I was for what I already had? … friends and ” fluffy babies” by my side. All within reach. So lucky. I wonder if I would have wished differently if I knew how quickly things could change and be gone. Perhaps I would have relished the present more acutely.”

” But I can do that now. And perhaps my gift this year will be to realize how much of a present the present truly is.

” And while things can certainly be lost, things can also grow. I cleaned out all the gardens in March of 2021. Adding more to the front and side garden. I almost didn’t believe it and assumed it couldn’t be true. But just as easily and quickly as things can be lost, new things can be found. New life grows.”

Side garden
Front garden

” A friend reminded me of something I told her about grief. It leaves little holes in us when someone we love goes away, but the space it leaves behind makes room for something new. And while seams and lines will show where the new has been worn in, it’s those scars that will remind us to tell the story of what we love.”

So until tomorrow… life can be filled with every adjective known to man, good or bad, and it would still be amazingly beautiful! It’s worth the complete ride!

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

Clemson-34 – Florida State 28Keep ‘ them Tigers roaring!

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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2 Responses to Sharing a Reflection on Life

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Wise thoughts on her wish this year. As I was making pumpkin bread today I though about Dyzy and how quietly she did everything in her life…bring a supportive wife to Clyde in his ministry…of all kinds…teaching 2d grade all if her career…raising 2 great kids who now are pretty awesome…being a wonderful cook …the list goes on and on…but everything she did she did with quietly…with dignity…grace…wisely…even when her days on earth were short she lived each day abundantly with such steadfast faith and fortitude….lived the verse “Be still and KNOW that I am God”


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Sorry for all the misspellings…


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