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1000 Marbles
by shawnee_b at 5/31/2010 11:37:28 AM


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.
Author unknown.

A note; This was passed to me by another HAM. I felt it was worth sharing. HAM radio is amateur radio and anyone on that frequency can hear, K9NZQ is his license call sign. QRT is a "Q" code, basically signing off. Shawn


6/1/2010 5:53:05 PM

Shawn, What a wonderfully written story. I so much enjoyed this. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it for us to read. Brenda

6/2/2010 6:16:40 AM

Thank you Brenda. Happy to hear you enjoyed it. I'm off to buy some marbles. Shawn

6/2/2010 7:14:02 AM

Shawn, That was a heart warming story, brought tears to my eyes. People don't stop and think and enjoy life as much as they should. Sometimes life just gets away from you before you know it happens one day your 20 the next your turning 40 with grown children! How fast life goes. Thank you, For shareing

6/2/2010 7:30:49 AM

Baby, Thank you and you're welcome. I was iffy about blogging it since it wasn't my words, but I shared it with a few privately and they also said it brought tears to their eyes. So I put it out for all to see. "Time flees, Tempus fugit" You are right, and we need to enjoy every minute. Shawn

6/2/2010 8:24:13 AM

shawn,thank for your story. if the kids to day ,had to work like we did. they would not have time to go out and party, and to have kids,that you have to work to have a house to call home,know they are all grown up and may a call,when they need something. any time i call,they are not there, i work hard for them, i am working hard today to thankyou shawn,andthe gril that send you note to me thankyou all DON

6/2/2010 9:42:39 AM

Don. You're welcome. Sure is a different world today than we lived in. I guess we have to accept change, reflect on our happy times, family and make the best of spending time with them. Shawn

6/2/2010 11:41:02 AM

Bravo was good of you to share this story...many do not take the time to enjoy what is make memories, for in the end it truely is all we have...Maybe even I who does get it...should buy some marbles. I won't have to worry about the store running out...LOL! only need about 25 marbles.

6/2/2010 1:29:46 PM

Back To Blog Entries | Edit Entry | Delete Entry a minute in time by amipoet at 6/1/2010 4:02:16 PM we are only put in this special gift we call life for a minute in time so we need to count our blessings each and every day and let family and friends know how much they mean to us always as life is to short for us not to enjoy what we have today and everyday lets make the most of everyday and thank our lucky stars every time we open our eyes to start a new journey as every day is a new beginning so don't sweat lifes little trials they only make us stronger so today smiles for everyone for our journeys have begun

6/2/2010 2:05:38 PM

Ladysilverrose. Thank you. Only 25 marbles? Gee, seems I have that many fall out of my head every day. Shawn

6/2/2010 2:07:45 PM

Amipoet. I'm lost up to 4:02:16PM, But I like the rest you have down, so true. Shawn

6/2/2010 2:30:20 PM

Oops there Shawn...I needed to add a few zeros there LOL....2,500 marbles....see I must have lost quite few already By the way...I count you as a blessing...

6/2/2010 3:30:09 PM

Ladysilverrose. Thank you, you're a blessing to me too. 2500 marbles is a good count! Shawn

6/20/2010 9:38:12 AM

1144 seems so daunting, an actual timeline to live happily ever after. So a new choice is offered-count them one by one, make each one better than the day before OR not. Shawn, we've never been acquainted before this blog, I don't know if I love you or hate you for this enlightening. Either way, I will thank you.

6/21/2010 6:19:16 AM

Charlot, you are welcome. Not my words but gets us thinking. "Tempus Fugit" Marbles tells me to cherish every day while we have them. Shawn

6/21/2010 9:22:14 PM

thank you shawnee for the very good words they do make one think about time thanks again

6/25/2010 9:32:41 AM

You're welcome Star, thank you for the compliment.

7/26/2010 7:12:49 AM

I really liked this blog! Thanks for posting it!

7/26/2010 7:58:23 AM

You're welcome MS. Carpe Diem, "seize the moment"