Life is Funny That Way…

Dear Reader:

Life is funny how it never turns out as expected… it turns out better!

If you have a few moments today to reflect on your life’s ” good, bad, and ugly” please do so… because it is only when we take the time to see all the curves in our life’s road… in hindsight… that the epiphany finally hits… we ended up right where we belong.

I have told you several times… how horrified I was when mother informed me, at the end of my sophomore year at Erskine… that I would (” no and’s , if’s, or but’s”) get a teaching degree so I would have ” gainful” employment. A teacher! Help!

And I did get that help when it dawned on me those first few months in the classroom… that I might not see myself as a teacher… but I was a storyteller and with a little creativity… they could be one and the same… and a big plus… I had a ” captive” audience!

Youth is amazing in how adaptable they can be… I taught my first school year in the first year Summerville schools integrated and it never occurred to me that would be a problem… everyone in the class was simply one of ” my” students and at a young age ( 21) my eyes were opened to the strength of diversity that never left me.

Years later the biggest obstacle in my life appeared when my marriage went under and I found myself struggling to keep a sense of normalcy and not become a single parent statistic with unruly children.

But I was not alone… there was no greater role model than my own mother and the amazing Dingles kept the sense of normalcy and family alive and secure! No children ever had better grandparents, aunts, and uncles! Such lucky children! Such lucky me!

My educational career soared and I was able to travel the country and world through leadership opportunities I never could have envisioned… making friends nationally and internationally! Life just got better and better… that happens when we let God hold the reins on our own historic life’s tour.

And even when a potentially life-altering cancer diagnosis loomed after Mandy’s wedding… God dropped the reins and instead put on his stethoscope and has walked by me throughout this sometimes slippery slope… the Great Physician! Always holding my hand!

So until tomorrow…Remember… when working on your own life puzzle… you don’t have to start at the corners.. you can jump right in the center if you like!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Here are some more scenes from Forrest Gump… the ones filmed in Beaufort-five months of filming…

Forrest and Jenny’s homes were built and then taken down after the movie-filmed at Bluff Plantation… southeast of Twickenham near Yemassee.

The beautiful shrimp boat scenes were shot along Lucy’s Creek on Lady’s Island.

Forrest’s tribute to Jenny shrimp boat belonged to a local shrimper Jimmy Stanley
The Vietnam scenes were filmed on Fripp Island and Hunting State Park… including a lagoon located there.

Later when Forrest was running across the United States crossing the ” Mississippi” state line… it was actually the Woods Memorial Bridge located in downtown Beaufort… the Mississippi State sign was kept on the bridge for awhile after filming until complaints came in saying the sign was misleading and confusing ( party poopers!)

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 Life is Funny That Way…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I have been kicked off again but think I subscribed again today. I went back several days to catch up…loved all the pictures of Beaufort…especially the Anglican church. We went there on one of our visits to Beaufort. Love Eva Cate’s haircut …she is growing up too fast…such a pretty young lady and the model in your family is a good looking young man…hope to be back on the list soon


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thanks for hanging in there with WordPress’s irritating “oops” -wish I knew why these random email drops keep occurring-Susan has just experienced the same thing ??? And she has re-signed up too! 🤞for both of you.

      Sent from my iPhone


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