FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS…

For Whom The Bell Tolls...
For Whom The Bell Tolls...

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

I spent some time this morning on my allotment plot, mainly pulling weeds out of my strawberry patch.

As I pulled up roots, I couldn't help but think of my own roots, especially when I heard the school bell ring from the adjoining Testwood school, where I was a pupil over half a century ago.

It is the same bell, marking out different periods of the day, that I became accustomed to all those years ago. Most of my school friends from that time have moved away. Sadly, some of died.

It's still nice to hear from friends that I made all that time ago, now living in the USA, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland and Europe. They all seem pretty happy. I don't think I would have been any happier if I had chosen to move anywhere else, but who knows?

I think happiness is part fortune, part state of mind and it matters rather less where you happen to be. I have always felt a very strong link to the local community. I am sure I would badly miss all the connections if I did leave. How about you?


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