This article written by Sandy Milner, Area 9 Oklahoma Representative
I was reading through Facebook the other evening and read a post where someone said they were a handbell addict. This got me wondering – Am I a handbell addict? I looked up the definition and found this: “an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.” Okay, so now I thought — Am I an enthusiastic devotee of handbells? So, I developed a list of questions that may help you decide if you are a handbell addict.
- Is your favorite meal a gyro and a shake?
- Do you have a personal license tag with a handbell reference?
- Do you attend bell practice more than once a week?
- Do you seek out and attend handbell events near you?
- Do you own two or more handbell themed shirts?
- Do you know the connection between P.T. Barnum and handbells?
- When you see the letters – TLD, PL, LV, vib., R, TD – do you know how to react
- Do you quickly recognize the following names: Hart Morris, Kathy Moklebust, Cynthia Dobrinski, Kevin McChesney, John Behnke, Joel Rainey, Jason Krug, or Arnold Sherman?
- When someone mentions heavy metal, do you immediately think of bass bells?
- Do your friends refer to you as a ding-a-ling?
- Do you have a drawer full of handbell gloves that have seen better days?
- Are you a member of Handbell Musicians of America?
If you answered “Yes” to five or more of these questions, then you too can call yourself a handbell addict! I do not think there is a cure, but you are among many friends. By the way, I am a handbell addict and proud of it!