I’ve Lost My Marbles


1000 Marbles by Anonymous

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the backyard patio with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up on the radio to listen to a Saturday morning talk show and I heard an older sounding gentleman, with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles”.

He continued, “Let me tell you something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.”

And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.” “You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.”

“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail”, he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”

“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”

“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

You could have heard a pin drop on the radio when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work that morning. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”                                                                                                                                                                             

“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile. “Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a while since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”

Featured Recipe    Banana Dogs

This one is for your children………..of all ages and sizes, including you! It is also inspired by today’s blog story. It is a fun, delicious snack or meal.

This is so easy to make I am not even going to insult your intelligence by giving you directions. I am just going to share a picture.

All you need is a hot dog bun, some peanut butter, a banana, and some strawberry preserves, preferably in a squeeze bottle.

Think of all the fun you can have by using your creativity:



 Use Nutella instead of peanut butter. Oh MY! I am going to swoon. Get me the smelling salts.

My secret indulgence is just eating a tablespoon full of Nutella straight out of the jar. Do any of you do the same thing?



Use peanut butter, a banana, some drizzled chocolate, and crushed pistachios for a dessert Banana Dog.

Sprinkle granola on top of the banana.

On the basic sandwich squeeze some honey on top of the banana. Double your sugar; I don’t care what Mayor Bloomberg says!!!

Add some raisins to the basic sandwich.

Add dried fruit to the sandwich. 

Fry up some bacon and add a strip or two to the sandwich. Oh my. Now Mayor Bloomberg AND the food police both have a warrant for my arrest now!!

Cut some green grapes in half and add the sandwich.

Add chocolate chips for another dessert dog.

Create your very own Banana Dog. What would you add to the sandwich? Leave your idea (s) in the Comments Section below. I will compile the best ideas as decided by an elite panel of experts (JustMe) and share them all in a future post.
Cost of Basic recipe for 1:

1 hot dog bun                                     $0.12              

1 banana                                           $0.44

4 tbspn peanut butter                          $0.16

1 tspn strawberry preserves                $0.33

Cost for 1 Banana Dog = $1.05

Quote of the Day

Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again. 

Mike Dolan


Notes: There are many versions of this story floating around the Internet and sent out in countless Emails over the years. I deleted a bit of the story a bit just to make it shorter and more concise without losing the essence of the story.

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6 comments to I’ve Lost My Marbles

  • I’ve heard this story before and I’m so motivated at the time I read it and then a week later it’s “huh? I don’t have time for that.” I need to pin it up or buy the marbles.

    I’m a peanut butter off the spoon woman. I don’t dare try the nutella because then I’d eat it all gone. 🙂

    • Roberta

      I eat half of my peanutbutter “off the spoon” too. But I eat this sandwich when I have lunch with my great niece. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Great story. Makes me feel less guilty about being gone every weekend. I try to fill up every weekend in the summer, because it goes by so quickly.

    I’m going to go buy some marbles now.

    • Roberta

      Glad you like the marble story. Does make you think, doesn’t it? You are right not to feel guilty if you are doing something you love and enjoy. Good for you. 🙂

  • karmakimmie

    Yes. I need marbles.