Article: I Remember Marbles: So that's how it goes!

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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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ImageLarryR
Sep 13, 2010 11:50 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks, Sharon, for a lesson in playing marbles. I had lots of them as a child, but only ran them down a homemade marble track with bell at the end. Until your article appeared, I had absolutely no clue how to play a game of marbles.

I had a dog named Pepper, too! Unlike yours, however, mine was the proper color! Smiling

My grandmother swept parts of her yard when I was growing up. There was a bare strip about 18 inches wide along both sides of all the sidewalks on her property that she swept as well. I've often wondered how that practice got started and why.

Here's a photo of me and Pepper:
(For some odd reason, I'm unable to insert the image directly into this thread.)

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ImageSharon
Sep 14, 2010 12:12 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Well, at least you didn't name him Salty Dog!!!

Hi Larry....I think we led parallel lives! Smiling
For the life of me I can't imagine why our grandmothers swept their yards. But it sure made for a good marble game for many years. I'm glad you now know how to play marbles, maybe one day I can win all yours from you.

Yeah, that's a challenge!
Thanks, and be well!
ImageLarryR
Sep 14, 2010 12:34 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Challenge accepted! Location?
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
ImageSharon
Sep 14, 2010 7:24 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
TBA....
AlohaHoya
Sep 14, 2010 11:36 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I had some brief encounters with marbles...and I loved them. I loved their clarity and their purity...their names... Thanks for the memories, NOBF....

Carol Lovey dubby
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Sep 14, 2010 11:38 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks for remembering, my friend.

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