A Bell's Not A Bell 'Til You Ring It ...

09 September 2011
"Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings."

This is my grandfather's bell.  It sits on a high shelf in my classroom, just out of reach of my students' curious hands.  It used to sit on a shelf in my grandfather's office, and it was engraved for him when he retired almost 30 years ago.  My grandfather was a teacher, a principal, a superintendent ... a great man.  When he passed away a few years ago, my mother gave me this bell, knowing I would treasure it.

As I already said, this bell sits on a high shelf - I've never let the students touch it, and I had never really used it.  One day, just over 2 years ago, the power went out at the school while the students were out for recess.  We have an extremely large school yard, and many students were very far back in the yard.  A coworker of mine asked to borrow this bell so he could ring it to call the students in after recess.  At first I resisted ... this bell was precious to me ... meant to be treasured, not used.  But then something changed my mind, and I let him borrow it.  This bell rang out clearly and loudly across my school yard that day ... heard by all students and staff.  After it served its purpose, the bell was put back on my high shelf without another thought.

It was only after I returned home that night that I realized it was the one year anniversary of my grandfather's death.  And.I.was.floored.  My grandfather was speaking through that bell - it was my reminder that he is still with me, still watching me, still inspiring me.

This bell still sits high on a shelf in my classroom.  It's even more precious now, and even more treasured.  But the next time someone asks to borrow this bell, you can bet I'll let it ring.

Happy Friday!


  1. Wow! What a beautiful story about your treasured bell and special grandfather.

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  2. What a wonderful story! Your grandfather was blessed to have you as a granddaughter!


  3. What a beautiful story. You have me in tears. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Wow! That was stunning. Gave me chills while reading it. What a special thing to have in your classroom!

  5. Wow what a cool story! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I got goosebumps! Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing!

  7. What a great story!

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  8. Goosebumps, chills, the whole works. Thanks for sharing a beautiful story!

  9. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful story. It definitely shows how educators impact future generations. Your grandfather would be as proud of you as you are of him.

    Lifelong Learning

  10. What a lovely story. He was obviously very special to you. How fortunate you were the one to receive the bell. I am new to your blog so I've taken a little extra time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  11. Wow! What a beautiful story... brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.