It’s about a year since I started learning to bell ring. It’s a highly addictive activity, and also extremely convivial. I am lucky to have access to a very happy bunch of welcoming, helpful ringers.
Tonight I’m extremely proud to have rung in rounds rather well, with pretty good control. And then, as I stood the bell, no 6 said “I didn’t know you are a leftie”. I looked, looked harder, and everyone looked at me. I was a mirror image of everyone else! For some reason, I seem to have learned to bellring left handed. I thought, and decided I ought to try the other way round, in case it felt better. It didn’t. But then I swapped back, and that felt awful too. So I am going to have to re-learn, right handed.This could
set me back a few weeks, but I’m hoping it’ll give me better control in the end.
It’s not that I mind ringing left handed – if ever I go ten pin bowling, I bowl left handed, and if push comes to shove I can write with my left hand, so I guess I could have continued. I even learned to play the recorder as a leftie. But swapping may be painful, but will undoubtedly be better in the end. And if ever I need to ring left handed, I’ll be able to!