I teach undergraduate composition at the University of Arizona, and for several years I've had students read about Ben's Bells in a unit focused on local nonprofits. I've always told students that they might find one around town or hiking...
I couldn't believe my luck to actually find one yesterday, though!
I was riding in a car with a friend, chit-chatting, and suddenly spotted it by the Santa Cruz. I shouted "stop-stop-Stop-STOP!" so loudly that my friend thought something was wrong :) He was even more confused when I bolted out of the car, ran into the brush, and came back with the bell. In between breaths, I had to explain what Ben's Bells does and why finding one was so special. I've been just so bubbly and showing it off to everyone since then. It's such a special piece of Tucson to find!
It's now hanging under a large mesquite by our garden. I can see it whenever I look out the window, and I can hear it chime in the breeze when I'm out in the yard. I absolutely adore it!
Thank you for sparking such joy!