Since December 14, 2012, I have not pulled into the parking lot of my workplace, Cider Mill School, without the daily reminder of the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary. So, I find it extremely fitting that when leaving school on this sunny, spring-like day, I spotted the most charming wind chime bell. The beautiful colors caught my eye as it was hanging alone on a bare tree limb. I smiled and continued to walk towards my car. When all of a sudden, it dawned on me that it was a Ben's Bell. I had to go back to admire it. The note read "You have FOUND a Ben's Bell. Take it home. Hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout your world."
So, I did. I took this bell home to my family and we will cherish it forever as it will continue to remind us to always be kind. After reading more about Ben's family's hope. We will pay it forward by spending a Saturday at the studio in Newtown to volunteer our time during Open Studio hours to help with the creations of Ben's Bells. The project states that as a community we have the power to change the world by committing to kindness, one interaction at a time.
Thank you to the anonymous person who placed the bell and brighten my day.