Sunday, August 12, 2007


This was an e-mail I received a some time ago. I had seen it before, and a lot of you might be familiar with it, but it has such a good message that I felt it was worth posting on my blog to remind all of us of the truth it contains.


"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."

Mickey and I are getting really low on marbles!!!!!! But I'm here to tell you, we're really enjoying the game!!!!!!!


jennifer said...

Oh Susan
I love this and love how clear of a message that it sends.

Thanks for posting this as it is needed in todays day and age.

Barbara said...

Well I don't have any marbles but the days are certainly full.

Susan I have completed the task. Please go to my blog and see the results. Thank you for this tag, it was fun.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful story, and such a wise man to give such good advice. It's a great picture. Thanks, Susan, for giving us all something to think about.

The journey is, indeed, the whole idea after all. The idea is not to arrive at death safely.

Susie said...

I got this email a while back too, and agree that it has a wonderful message to share.
We're enjoying the game too!

Barbara said...

Susan,I have selected you for lthe reflective blogger award. It is fine to have it more than once apparently. Come check out the blog.

Susan said...

Wow...that is an awesome story....and reminder of just how important and precious time is. Thanks for sharing, Susan. You are a blessing to me each time I visit.



weavermom said...

I haven't seen this one - enjoyed it and it definitely makes you think. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Susan, this is a great read. I have read it before, but it's one worth reading again.

Wasn't Barbara's name meme fun?!! She did such an awesome job! I just loved looking at it over and over to see how creative she was. some people just amaze me!

Momma Roar said...

Sometimes I feel like I've already lost all my marbles, but not in the way your story illustrates! :D

I've never heard that before - but I love a story that leaves a picture in my mind! I remember the picture it creates as I read so much more than just being able to remember the story. Thank you for sharing it!

Ruth said...

I read this several years ago, but it touched me as deeply this time as it did the first. There is such a good lesson in this story. I'm so glad you posted it.

Annie said...

I loved this post Susan. Every day is a gift from God.
Happy Sunday blessings to you friend.

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing this great message with us.

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy everyday and to take the time for our family and friends.

Betty said...

I received this email also and it is thought provoking.....

Thanks for the visit and comment on my 'egg' plant.....Betty

Mountain Mama said...

Nice story. And certainly something to think about.

Justabeachkat said...

It's been awhile, but I've read this before. But, wow, it's one that we need to read again and again. Great lesson. Thanks for sharing.


Ruth said...

Hi Susan! I just included your name in my name meme. Come see what I did when you have a chance!

Myrna said...

Definitely food for thought! thank you for sharing!