This morning, in my car, I came across an old copy of The Stonington Times. In it was an article about carillons in Stonington Borough. As part of the feature, the author noted that one of the local churches no longer had a handbell choir. A preschool teacher at that same church was quoted as saying, in response to that information, “Handbell ringing is fun, but not easy,” as if the difficulty level was somehow responsible for the demise of the bell choir. Then she seemingly contradicted herself saying, “Children like real work,” referring (presumably) to the younger children in her congregation. If children like real work, then why would a handbell choir that required work be eliminated as a church asset? The whole conversation was very oddly transcribed.
Anyway, the point of all this rambling is to say that handbell ringing in hard work. To see just how hard, watch this video of The Raleigh Ringers, “an internationally-acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina.” You've got to see it to believe it.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.