Article: I Remember Marbles: didn't play but to this day I luv 'em

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Image I Remember Marbles
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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vossner
Sep 13, 2010 8:13 AM CST
When I go to our local antique peddlers show, I always make it a point to visit the vendors who sell marbles. I am fascinated by marbles--their swirly interiors, their perfect roundness, the bright colors. I especially like the big ones that seem to be the size of golf balls. I have a jar full of my big/unusual color marbles. My very fave is one that is John Deere green w/their logo.

what a fun article.
ImageSharon
Sep 13, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Magic and mysterious, Nery, that's what I thought about those endless swirly interiors of marbles. It's fun that you liked them, too.

I loved the big ones, but only in a collection. They were really too big to play in a serious marble game. Or maybe it was that my hands weren't big enough.

Most memories are fun, aren't they?
Thanks.
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sharran, I enjoyed your article. Marbles were my brother's passion. He would share the common ones with me and try to teach me to play. He was 3 years older than me, so I was not old enough to learn. By the time I was, he was no longer interested in playing marbles. I kept the ones that he gave me until one day he asked if I would give them back so he could trade them with some kids for something else he wanted. Reluctantly I agreed.

He traded them for a small chess set. Of course I was still too young to master that, but eventually caught on and he spent the next 35 years putting me in check in 4 moves or less. I could beat a lot of other people, just not him. He played with people around the world via short wave radio.

Thanks for bringing back this great memory. I had forgotten that was how his chess career began. I loved Jacks the way you loved Marbles.

ImageSharon
Sep 17, 2010 6:43 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ohhhh.....I can tell you all about Jacks, too. We played Jacks all winter long, I loved them.

I can still play, can you??
We might have to have a game or two. Did you play onesies and twosies, etc?
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, to both questions! I've recently been teaching some youngsters and have been searching flea markets for some more of the old metal jacks for friends.
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ImageSharon
Sep 17, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Don't you just hate the plastic ones?
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 7:38 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes! Who ever thought that they would make an acceptable substitute?
ImageSharon
Sep 17, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
They don't even sound like jacks when you throw them out on the table or floor.
Bummer.
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, there's no music at all. I used to love that tinkle as they hit the floor and tumbled over and over.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Sep 26, 2010 8:17 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I, too, loved playing jacks. I've never seen plastic ones. . . bummer.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
ImageSharon
Sep 26, 2010 8:40 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
If you ever find yourself in their vicinity, Arlene, you won't miss them. They come colors like hot pink, lime green, melon orange, iridescent yellow.....somehow, that's just not the same. They're bigger, too, and lightweight.
Yuck.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Sep 26, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
The "feel" just wouldn't be the same.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagestormyla
Sep 26, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No and some of them are hugh. You wouldn't be able to grasp more than one or two.

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