Marbles

Sam BralleyStarred Page By Sam Bralley, 17th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22201j0./
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Remembrance of my childhood keep flashing before my eyes…

Breeches had pockets so you could carry marbles

Can you remember when your mom would buy your school breeches a size or two larger and said, “You’ll grow into them…” Or when she took you to buy shoes and she would pinch on your toes and say, “Is that too tight…” then purchase the next larger size saying, “He’ll grow into them?” At first the breeches were so large that you had to roll up the legs to keep from stepping on them or tripping. But there was an advantage… the pockets. Now a little boy of 7 or 8 was too young to have a pocketknife and I certainly didn’t have a wallet or money to put into one. So, what could you use your pockets for? I tried a frog once, in one pocket, but he died—mom said he must have suffocated or something. Why have pockets if you didn’t have anything to carry in them? Then it hit me, ‘ping’ like a light coming on in my brain. “Marbles.” Sure, it had to be marbles. Breeches had pockets so you could carry marbles.

At home, I keep them in a shoebox, no two alike

I had collected nearly 300. At home, I keep them in a shoebox, no two alike. Once I was able to get most of them in my pockets… the two side pockets plus the two in the back, or hip pockets, and since I didn’t have a pocket watch, I even put some in my watch pocket. That was ok, ‘cause I couldn’t tell time anyway. But I couldn’t walk with all those marbles in my breeches so I decided to not try and carry my whole collection. I just decided to keep them in the shoebox and carry just enough to play a good game. Sucks, I figured I’d be adding to my collection anyway cause nobody my age could beat me. At marbles, that is. My two older brothers had showed me just how to shoot them, to make them ‘stick’ in place while knocking one of my opponent’s marbles out of the ring.

“Winners Keepers--, Losers Weepers”.

I even had a special collection of just ‘shooters’. Those were the ones that my opponents used to shoot with. I won a lot of marbles that summer. My dad had even given me some ‘log rollers’ or larger than usual marbles but the other guys wouldn’t let me use them in a real game. Oh, we always played a game or two for ‘funzzs’ just to warm up. In funzzs you kept your own marbles, but when we started a real game- it was for ‘keeps’ We even had a saying for it… “Winners Keepers--, Losers Weepers”.

“you have to hold your mouth just right”

All the guys had their own way of holding their mouths when they would shoot… some would roll their tongues. Some would look like they were chewing on their tongues. Others would shoot with their mouths open. It was amusing to watch each player. This was serious business for an 8-year-old. You had to keep your ‘cool’. My dad told me the secret to winning and I’ve never told anyone else. Maybe that’s why I was so successful at marbles that summer. I used the secret my dad passed down to me and maybe his dad passed to him, if they even played marbles back then. I knew there must be more to the game than just aiming your shooter at a marble and letting go, and I guess 60 years is long enough to hold on to a secret. It’s really quite simple and I guess that’s why none of the other guys caught on to it. Besides concentrating real hard and taking your time when you shoot…dad said, “you have to hold your mouth just right.”

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Breeches, Collection, Log Rollers, Marbles, Pocketknife, Shooters, Watch Pocket

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I'm Sam, and welcome to my page. I'm retired from the USPS and I like to meet people through writing. Hope you enjoy yourselves and please rate my offerings.

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author avatar snooky
18th Jul 2010 (#)

Hi Sam, You guys had your marbles, we girls had jacks. I had s little burlap bag I carried my jacks in, jacks definately could not be carried in apocket. right now I have two big jars one filled with marbles the other filled with jacks. Can't get anyone interested in marble except my cats, they love to chase them.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
18th Jul 2010 (#)

ahhh the good old days... I wish I still had my marbles-- thanks snooky for your comments...

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author avatar Retired
18th Jul 2010 (#)

Great article Sam and congrats on your starred page!

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author avatar Sam Bralley
18th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks vetochemicals, for your comment and congrats...

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author avatar ScottHallock
20th Jul 2010 (#)

thank you so much for bringing back some good memories...I loved your dad's secret.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
20th Jul 2010 (#)

thank you Scott for your nice comment and for visiting my page...

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author avatar smoothoperator
21st Jul 2010 (#)

You really brought old memories back. Any man today would have enjoyed reading this. Keep writing. Cheers!!!

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Sam I love the way you write. This brought back memories of my childhood as well. All of us kids loved to play marbles and we all prized our "clunkers" and "crystals" these were worth at least three or four of the regular marbles. We'd trade our marbles for them, as if they were made from gold:)

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

thanks smoothoperator & Petra for your visit and your nice comments...

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author avatar Godwill
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Thank you Sam for bringing back old to me. It's a nice story.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Godwill for your comments...

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author avatar CC23
23rd Jul 2010 (#)

Aw! seems like someone is really missing his childhood days. =)

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author avatar Sam Bralley
23rd Jul 2010 (#)

thanks hushi22, for your friendship and your nice comments...

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
25th Jul 2010 (#)

Great piece of work. Lizzy has been finding marbles every since we moved into this place; mostly cat-eyes.
She has found about 6 of the real big ones. Have a great day.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
30th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks again C Michael for all your nice comments...

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
2nd Sep 2010 (#)

Hello Sam
It has been a long hot summer and I have missed your work. I hope to see your work again soon. Hope you and your family have are all well. Have a great Labor Day weekend.
Michael

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Sep 2011 (#)

Your article brought me right back to those
days, Sam. Great post.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Brilliant share! thank you Sam, took me right back to way back then.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
10th Jan 2012 (#)

*thanks Steve for your nice comments. I must have overlooked this earlier, Sorry...
*thank you Tranquilpen for adding your nice remarks also...

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author avatar D in The Darling
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks men. What a way to go down on the memory lane! I'm feeling so nostalgic men. Growing into shoes etc. and marbles, wow! Those were the days.

Thanks for sharing!

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