I love the sound of chimes.
I always have.
There’s something magic in those ethereal tones, something stirring, uplifting, echoing the fairy world, whispering of good things and better yet to come, hinting at happily-ever-afters. Perhaps this is why chimes sometimes play at the end of weddings, their light, airy sound signifying the beginning of a new, hope-filled chapter, the turning of a page.
Come to think of it, when I was little I had read-along books with audiotapes that chimed when it was time to turn the page.
The telephone on the kitchen wall of my childhood home was avocado green with a six-foot cord, and instead of ringing, it chimed. Visitors always said, “There’s the doorbell,” and we always responded, “No, that’s the phone.”
I never knew of anyone else’s phone that chimed like mine.
As a teenager my pulsed quickened at the sound, because I was sure the chiming meant someone was calling for me. It often was. I stretched that cord at least another two to three feet, enough for me to sit on the bed in my room and talk with the door closed. Yes, on the cord.
My smartphone is set to chimes now. When it rings, the melodic tones are like strings of tiny silver plates in the wind.
Perhaps no chime has given me as much pleasure as that of my WordPress app, however.
For me, that’s truly the sound of celebration.
I’ve heard this chime so often in the past month, denoting likes and comments on Lit Bits and Pieces during the Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge with Two Writing Teachers. The chime has come to represent the warmth of this community, the connection of minds, hearts, and kindred spirits, reiterating the power, the magic, of words. I am a first-time slicer and the words of others have borne me far in the completion of thirty-one posts in thirty-one days.
This is the thirty-first post. With it, I cross the finish line – my first cheer.
The WordPress chime also proclaimed two other milestones, two days ago:
I hit the 50-post mark. My second cheer.
Lit Bits and Pieces turned one year old on March 29th, along with my first post. Cheer number three.
When I started Lit Bits and Pieces a year ago, I asked a friend to give me feedback. The friend said: “Hmmm. What’s your niche? Your target audience?”
I said, “I don’t really have a target audience in mind. I just want to write whatever I want to write.”
The friend looked skeptical.
I added, “It’s for human beings.”
To you, Dear Reader, I leave three parting thoughts on this Lit Bits and Pieces celebratory post. Chimes play for you, somewhere in the wind – I hope you hear them as you read:
- Do, or do not. There is no try. -Yoda
- Inspire. That means be a life-breather of ideas, tiny notions of stories. – Avi