Article: I Remember Marbles: such fun

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By Sharon Brown on September 12, 2010

I was quite competitive when I was growing up, still am, actually. I didn't really enjoy games that I knew I could never win. Most of the kids were bigger than I was, so I stuck with games where size didn't matter. I loved to play marbles, and sometimes I could even beat the big kids.

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Sep 12, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Marbles! What fun I used to have with them, as well. I can just imagine you with your belt full of marble bags. Maybe your Cherokee heritage coming through, as you display your victorious winnings!
My mother recently gave me back my marble collection, as they had been stored in a closet in the house for all this time. I need to teach my son how to play some marble games, as well. We do use marbles, but he has a marble track that we set up and use them for, instead. Since today is a rainy day, maybe we can try some marbles game on the rug.
Thanks for sharing these memories, and reminding us all that there is more to do than sit and watch.
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Sep 12, 2010 8:26 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
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Perhaps an adult perspective is different from that of a child . . . marbles today don't seem to be as pretty as the ones I remember from childhood. Do you suppose they produce them differently today than in years past?
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Sep 13, 2010 7:02 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Interesting thought Arlene, I imagine the marbles made now would be mass produced with modern technology.

I don't know how they used to be made, but I imagine they were like those end of production drop glass paper weights they used to make, full of air bubbles. Air bubbles is what came to mind when I read your comment, maybe that's why they looked different.

I too remember all the beautiful marbles with their colourful swirls, to have the big ones was really special. I remember the local shop selling them, big ones cost a lot more. To win a big one in a marble shoot out was really something!

Yes I was competitive too Sharon, I did play marbles sometimes but it was more the boys who took it very seriously, and I think for girls to play wasn't in their mindset. We also played the win to keep games.

There were also comics which we would swap, I remember going to school on the bus with a pile of comics as others would do all ready to bargain and swap. It was always a treat when a new comic came out and my mother brought one home. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman. I was in awe of Wonder Woman, naturally! Rolling on the floor laughing I never did develop her physical stature, nor did I get her magical rope but I related well to her prowess as a powerful, independent woman. I think I was born independant, little did I know at the time it was a psychologist who invented her to change the existing views on women's role in society.

Thank you Sharon for the trip back down memory lane!
Sep 13, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Name: Sharon
I've wondered, too, about the differences I see in today's marbles. There were sometimes air bubbles in marbles, I remember, and tiny rough ridges, as if the swirling colors inside didn't quite blend with the color around it. Usually my favorite marbles were those that were my favorite color.

And comic books, Janet, did I ever collect comic books! Wonder Woman was my hero. I didn't know about the psychologist, thanks for sharing that.

I'm glad the article brought memories!

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