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Lose your marbles
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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 basement shack
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 conversation.
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 whoever 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. Too bad
you missed your daughter's dance recital.

" He continued," Let me tell you something, Tom, something
that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."
And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand

"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 of 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 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. 73
Old Man, this is 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

Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to
buy some marbles."

Mikey's funnies
Boy playing marbles
Psalm 90:10 The days of our
years are threescore years and
ten; and if by reason of strength
they be fourscore years, yet is
their strength labour and
sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and
we fly away.
12 So teach us to number our
days, that we may apply our
hearts unto wisdom.
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