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.
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.
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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.
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.
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