Marbles

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  1. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday
    mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

    A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the
    garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time.


    Let me tell you about it:

    I turned the dial up into the phone portion of
    the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business.


    He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was
    intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends
    meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's
    "dance recital" he continued. "Let me tell you
    something that has helped me keep my own
    priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."


    "You see, I sat down one day and did a little
    arithmetic. The average person lives about
    seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that
    the average person has in their entire lifetime.


    Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the
    important part.


    It took me until I was fifty-five years old to
    think about all this in any detail", he went on,
    "and by that time I had lived through over
    twenty-eight hundred Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.




    So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them
    inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear."

    "Every Saturday since then, I have taken one
    marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.

    There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities
    straight."

    "Now let me tell you one last thing before I
    sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast.




    This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a
    little more time."

    "It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"



    You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

    Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up
    with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles.
     
  2. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    It's been a long time since I heard about the marbles, Thanks for the reminder. It is surly true.
     

  3. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Would you believe that I"m 62 yrs and that is the first time I have heard about the marbles.Makes you stop and think. At that rate I don't have that many Sats.left. Scary isn't it. Thanks for sharing. I'd give you some Reps but I have to spread it around some first.So I'll just say THANK YOU. GOD BLESS and enjoy your Saturdays.
     
  4. janton311

    janton311 New Member

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    Great post...Thanks for sharing
     
  5. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    I have read this before on here but enjoyed reading it again! Thanks Amy for posting! It certainly makes one think!
     
  6. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Amy, I have never heard that story before,you are a wonderful lady for sharing it with us all.It really makes ya stop and think things over.I applaud you for sharing!:big_smile:
     
  7. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    Took the kids to Adventure Mountain, it was a very cool and dreary day. It started raining on us and it got down right cold. We ate lunch and could see the snow capped mountains off in the distance of Aspen. I'm not sure but I think those mountains made the burger I ate all the more better:lol:. We had a wonderful Saturday and I got some great pictures of us in the TramCar.

    Watching the kids laugh and enjoy there time, I thought of this email that I got.

    Yes, it was a wonderful Saturday, I only hope to have many many more like them.

    Thanks Pat, you're a wonderful lady :big_smile:
     
  8. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    that was a really good post there...if that don't make ya sit back and think then sometings wrong
     
  9. kbgrillin

    kbgrillin New Member

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    WOW. That makes you stop and think. Thanks for sharing that Amy. I never heard about the marbles.
     
  10. Trojan

    Trojan New Member

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    Great post. Now I just need to buy 416 marbles. Guess you can figure out how old I am Huh? Time is running out.
     
  11. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Amy,
    I've always enjoyed this story. Thanks for posting it again. I may have a few Sat. left. I don't have too many marbles, but do collect stones. Perhaps I should start a jar of my own. Sure enjoyed the past Sat.
    Thanks again.

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  12. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thank You Amy for the Post. Makes One stop and think dosen't it!! Your Friend J.D.
     
  13. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Amy, that is a good story, heard it before but still enjoyed it... I know my marble jar is getting low so I'm trying to make the best of every day. :big_smile: