Article: I Remember Marbles: Never Played

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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 3:12 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I wonder why I never played Marbles. I played House, and Dolls (paper dolls too), and Monopoly, and my best friend Lynnie and I would straddle her log fence and pretend it was horses and we were cowgirls. Sometimes we would spend long periods of time looking for 4-leaf clovers. And we lived next door to a hay field that a famous wealthy person owned and used for horse feed. We made trails and stomped it down in places where we felt like we were hidden. (Until said famous wealthy person visited my father and asked him to tell us not to do that anymore)

When I spent nights at my cousin Margie's house, we used to spread blankets over the furniture and pretend we were Natalie Wood (her) and Janet Leigh (me) and we were in some faraway places waiting for Robert Wagner and Tony Curtis to come rescue us.

We played card games. War and 500 Rummy and Fish. I loved War.

But I never played Marbles. Or Dominoes, either. I also rarely watched TV. There was too much else to do.

Sharon, thank you so very much for making me remember these things! I loved the article!
Sep 12, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Did you climb trees, Nap? I climbed so high I could touch the sky. Mountains, too. But I never played War.

I've inspected my level bare spot just off the back deck. I need to sweep a little wayward mulch out of the way, but by the time you get here, it should be fine. Just remember one must be down on her hands and knees to play marbles... (aka Roley Hole back in the mountains). You might want to bring your knee pads.

And by the way, I was Shirley Temple for awhile, then I was Marilyn Monroe, but only for a day or I'm Katharine Hepburn. Living on the lakes as I do, The African Queen comes to mind.

Thanks, Nap!
Sep 12, 2010 4:55 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I want to know how the marble games go. Photos of you both on your knees shooting marbles would be especially fun to see! Smiling
I never played the dominoes game, but had lots of fun putting them up in a row and watching them tumble. Card games are also lots of fun, and very portable.
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Sep 12, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Sep 12, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I'm not sure when I can get there, Sharon. I'm not allowed out after dark, and you live pretty far away. I might have to ride my bike.

Oh! Yes, I climbed trees. We had one especially good climbing tree in the back yard. And speaking of bikes, I did love to ride my bike. And roller skate.
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Sep 12, 2010 7:02 PM CST
Name: Sharon
And you had a dog...and what, is that a '54 Ford? I don't know my cars very well...oh how sweet!
Very cool, Nap, very very cool.
Sep 12, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Maybe it was a '54. But could it have been an Olds? It seems like my Dad always bought Oldsmobiles.

My dog was named Tuxedo (Tuxie). She was a border collie and usually had longer hair. For some reason my parents always had her shaved for the summer.

I loved my bike.

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