An “Ed-I-Slow” Kind of Day

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I awoke with a smile and could hardly wait for the day to begin… I wanted the day to go slowly, not fast… because my date was with an important part of my past!

The first year Brooke and I moved to Charleston to start our teaching career… after graduating from Erskine College… we were not alone. The ” Baby Boomers” were out in full force… and we soon met many other first year teachers (in the surrounding apartment complexes) and formed car pools … since saving gas was very important on a $ 500 dollar monthly salary. ( Our rental took half that away)

We were surviving ” on a wing and a prayer” but having too much fun to worry about it. One of our new car pool friends was Jean Craig… and yesterday ( fast forward a few decades) Jean was at Edisto with Brooke and family… and we all reunited at ” The Sea Cow” … a popular gathering site for lunch!

Jean is the first on the right, then Veronica ( Brooke’s beautiful daughter-in -law, our Erskine buddy, Ka, who now lives at Edisto year-round, me-not saluting -just trying to keep the sun out of my face and Brookie!

Strange thing happened when Ka and I got there… I thought there was a bird sculpture on display overlooking the back parking lot but when I went to take a photo… it suddenly spread its wings-really scared me. But after staring at the photo… did I just take a picture of a vulture or just plain buzzard? Anybody know?

Unfortunately the weather predictions said that rain storms and possible thunder showers were moving in earlier than predicted yesterday…so I couldn’t stay as long as I wished… but long enough to share some past memories and give each other pep talks for bright futures! That’s what friends are for!

I made a stop at the King’s Market ( on the way home) to pick up several frozen homemade casseroles to take with me. They are the best… especially the Artichoke Chicken Casserole… it is thawing as I type-guess what’s for supper! Yum Yum!

So until tomorrow… isn’t it amazing how by just breaking our routine for one day and surrounding ourselves with friends and laughter our world shines brighter… regardless of the weather.

And speaking of weather… Walsh, Mollie and friends think Florida needs to change its nickname ” The Sunshine State” -out of six cloudy rainy chilly days… they only got part of one day when the sun appeared… then yesterday ( their last full day) there were tornado warnings and gusty winds. They still had fun but certainly not the spring break they visualized.

However Eloise made the most of the sun Wednesday…

Prayers for safe travels as they return today and the Turners tomorrow.

And speaking of the Turners… Ace reporter Eva Cate spent the day… having special moments at the monuments…

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us…Eva Cate … she also said the Washington monument was her favorite!!!

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

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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1 Response to An “Ed-I-Slow” Kind of Day

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    Fun times for you & your kids & grands! Is the bird a anahinga? Spelling is probably incorrect!!


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