Watershed chimes

Does time move slower in Belgium?

There’s a clock on the wall in the childhood home of my wife. You can hear it tick all day long … if you listen for it.

Most of the time you “hear” right through it, just like you “see” through the flowers printed on the paper that covers the wall on which it hangs.

But if you take time to sit in that room, by yourself, with nobody else around … and just listen to it tick:

It’s like hearing your heart beat at its steadiest rhythm.

Just down the road is a church.

It dates back to Roman times. High on its bell tower is a clock whose hands you can clearly “see” from the village center.

But you don’t have to “see” it to know what time it is:

Its bell chimes through the valley and over the hills that surround it every 15 minutes on the quarter hour, with a special note for the half hour, and at the top of the hour, a chime for each hour it rings in.

After the 12 chimes at noon it clangs into full flourish.

The bell clapper sometimes double clangs the side of the bell. (That’s my favorite sound.)

So, does time move slower in Belgium?

I don’t know if this is proof: a few days back I noticed that the hands of my wrist watch were 10 minutes ahead of the bell tower chimes. I adjusted it back – but since then, I haven’t worn the watch.

Who needs a wrist watch when you have a bell tower instead?

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