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 kitchen 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 volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk
show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. You know the kind, he
sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself. He was talking
about "a thousand marbles" to someone named "Tom." I was intrigued and sat down
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 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 roundup
I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right
here in my workshop next to the radio. 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 God has blessed me
with a little extra time to be with my loved ones......"It was nice to talk to
you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you
again someday. Have a good morning!"
You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show's moderator
didn't have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to
I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. 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," I said. "It has just been a long time since we spent a Saturday
together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need
to buy some marbles."
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND MAY ALL SATURDAYS BE SPECIAL AND MAY YOU HAVE MANY
HAPPY YEARS AFTER YOU LOSE ALL YOUR MARBLES.