The Importance of Benchmarks in Arriving at Accomplishments

Follow your heart, Live in the Moment, Believe in your Dreams, Choose happiness, Always be Kind

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I was the proud grandmother sitting upfront and watching my oldest grandson, Rutledge, graduate from elementary school.

It was the grandparents ” holding down the fort” ( along with Aunt Mandy) since Mollie flew out with Eloise on a Disney trip with her three girl cousins … planned nine months ago… and of course, Murphy’s Law … the same day chosen for Rutledge’s” graduation ceremony and chosen speaker for the entire grade.

Rutledge and his wonderful teacher!

Mandy videotaped and I snapped pictures to give Mollie …and Walsh… who, sadly, had to work!

After the ceremony I wondered if I would just float away… I had ” puffed” up like a giant balloon. Watching someone you love ❤️ cross a major benchmark in their life makes you want to stop and blow a kiss to life itself… give a nod of affirmation to the universe…in spite of all its ups and downs… moments, like these, make life so fulfilling… if only for a moment in time…. a ” treasured” moment in time. It grabs your heart!

I actually got through the ceremony intact but when Mandy stopped to take Rutledge’s picture for the last time in front of the school that had watched him grow from kindergarten up… I misted up! His home away from home!

Good-bye, farewell, adieu!

So until tomorrow…

God definitely circled this wonderful school for Rutledge… landed right where he was supposed to be! Thank you God for all that is good in teaching and learning… amazing teachers! Amazing students!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

The rose bush is fighting back!
I am drawn to yellow or orange blooms like moths to light!

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 The Importance of Benchmarks in Arriving at Accomplishments

  1. Gin-g Edwards says:

    What a good looking young man he is…know that you were so

    proud of him for being picked to speak…what a blessing it is to gave backup family members to help out…


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