New Year Bell

I awoke sometime during the night to the sound of rain and bells.

Ted and I were married in April 2001, but waited to have our wedding celebration until the following August, so we could have it in my Grandma’s garden. She and my grandfather spent over fifty years tending it, and she’d always wanted to have a wedding there.

Anyway, one of the gifts to us, from one of my aunts, was a beautiful set of handmade bells. We were living in an apartment at the time, so there was no place to hang them.

But when we moved to our current house, they were hung on a beam outside our back door. It’s funny how the smallest gestures often carry the most meaning. When those bells were hung, I felt like the making of our new home was finished.

A short time after that, my Grandma and a different aunt gave us a set of wind chimes in the shape of a pineapple. The pineapple is a symbol of good luck in some culture I used to know but can’t recall now. It doesn’t matter, really; those wind chimes were hung beside the other set of bells.

This past summer, a friend gave us a Japanese summer bell, another bringer of good luck. That, too, has taken its place beside the others.

The first set of bells is pretty heavy: I think they’re made of copper or brass. If they’re ringing, you know you’ve got some serious wind. Since we live among the trees, if they’re ringing, we’re inside the house, and, if I do go out with the dogs in the backyard, my husband will often keep watch for falling branches from an upstairs window, or even take over escort duty himself.

The pineapple wind chimes can get going in a medium breeze. They aren’t as well-crafted as the original bells, but I love their sound and that my Grandma had a part in bringing them into our home.

The summer bell, much smaller than the others, is made of glass with a wooden clapper. It sings with the slightest rustle of wind, and last night, along with the patter of raindrops on the roof, it was lifting its voice, perhaps in celebration of the year that had turned over sometime during the night.

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2 Comments on “New Year Bell”

  1. YUMI Says:

    Wow!! Steph! Thank you!

    Japanese old music -mostly played in the Royal Palace- are high notes. The instrument were made for its note will be closer to God.

    Maybe it synch with Japan since the New Year is very important and we celebrate for 3 days (well, used to..). And it maybe telling you that you’ll resonate with Japanese more this year! LOL

  2. halfnotes Says:

    Hi Yumi,

    I sang for three days! That’s pretty cool, although I’m not surprised. As for resonating, that would also be cool, not just with Japanese people, but with everyone. It’s amazing where our teachers come from … stones, sticks, little glass bells! Thanks so much for bringing this teaching bell into our lives, and blessings for you in this New Year!

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