Learning From the Graces

Dear Reader:

The Graces were the Greek Goddesses who represented beauty, grace, and gratitude. The sculpture was just not seen as a monument but a conscious ” stumbling block” prompting man to slow down and look around… before chasing the next alluring siren of adventure…. to pay homage to the present gift of life… pure and simple gratitude.

And isn’t that what Thanksgiving does? It provides a ” speed bump” between us and the escalated frenzy of holiday commercialism. Time for a deep breath on the real meaning of Christmas and priorities set accordingly.

Yesterday for me… Thanksgiving did just that… Tommy, Kaitlyn and I picked up Ben and went to Kaitlyn’s parents ( Butch and Susan Swicegood’s) home … and had the most delicious meal with great conversation and laughter… and lots of barks!

After Thanksgiving lunch Ben and Tommy went putting at the golf course… the rains held off… a perfect Thanksgiving day!

A little birdie, local television weather forecaster, Rob Fowler, told me Wednesday night the weather would hold for Thanksgiving and it did! Such a nice guy!
The Dingles spent Thanksgiving with Mollie’s aunt and uncle at Fripp Island! Fun for all!

I want to take a moment this Thanksgiving and thank all of You Chapel of Hope readers for your continued support, comments, and encouraging texts and emails.

It is you who makes me slow down for the next speed bump and instead of then speeding up…share a moment …a God Wink with you!!! For all of that … Thank you! Such touching Thanksgiving messages … meant so much to me.

So until tomorrow …

Thanksgiving is also Turkey Birthday Month… my nieces Carrie and Catherine and sister-in-law Susan Cadwell… take turns with their birthdays falling on Thanksgiving… literally… every year or the day before or after. SO Happy Birthday everyone! All of you are so giving! And the rest of us are so thankful for each one of you!


Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

Susan Swicegood gave me this green succulent pumpkin yesterday to dress up for Christmas!!! Can hardly wait!!!

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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