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Don't' know if I'll post this one on https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com, or not...
This morning, I came into chapel before Mass,

grabbed the bell I use from its place in the back cabinet, and took a seat in one of the pews. 

Rather than put it on the ledge of the pew in front of me, as I usually do, for some reason today, I set it on the pew cushion itself. 

A little while later, I had to get up to take care of some last minute detail in the sacristy. 
I came back to the body of the chapel and took a seat.  Mass was starting, but where was my bell?  I must have left it in my original seat, but which was that? 

Since I left, the seats had filled in a bit.  I scanned the pews, to no avail.  I could not find the bell.  We have other bells, but they are way up in the bottom cabinet in the sacristy.  I was not about to make a scene and go up to get another. 

I just let it go...I figured there would be no bell-ringing today during the Eucharistic prayer to serve as a wake up call and sign of reverence.  Oh, well...what could I do?

I was also the reader at this Mass, since this is "my week for liturgy," as we say.  (We take turns leading Office, picking hymns and reading for Mass.)  When I returned from leading the petitions, I ended up in yet another pew.  What a ding-a-ling I was!

I had, by this time, given up on the possibility of having a bell at this Mass.  I took part in the preface dialog and sang along with the "Holy, Holy."  When it came time for the Consecration, boy was I in for a surprise!

A bell was rung by the gentleman sitting in front of me.  THERE was my bell!

That must have been my original seat.  I was humored, but thankful that he he had taken the initiative to enhance our celebration of Mass by ringing it, since this ding-a-ling (me) had lost it.