Thine Iron Chime

            If you recall the May post about Papa’s farm bell (, which my mom surprised me with for Mother’s Day, here’s an update. Mike, Adrian, Alec and Graham put the old cast iron bell up last weekend. After 25 years, it’s ringing again–and I teared up remembering all the Brooks kids clanging that bell at my grandparents’ farm. May it ring now for many years to come.
Thanks, boys, for restoring the bell. And most of all, thanks, Mom.
I love thy music, mellow bell,
I love thine iron chime,
To life or death, to heaven or hell,
Which calls the sons of Time….

                                                                                       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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