The Misadventures of Mr and Mrs Anubis

Now we’re in trouble…….

3900 Saturdays September 23, 2007

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The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s
the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s
the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.  Either way, the first few
hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage 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 into the phone portion of the band on my ham
radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net.  Along the way, I
came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden
voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting
business.  He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about “a
thousand marbles.” I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to
say

“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure
they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your
family so much.  Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or
seventy hours a week to make ends meet.  It’s too bad you missed your
daughter’s “dance recital” he continued.  ;”Let me tell you something that
has helped me keep my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain
his theory o f 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. Now, stick with me, Tom, I’m getting to the important part.

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 a large, clear plastic container right here in the
s hack 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’s 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 that if I make it until next Saturday
then I have bee n given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all
use is a little more time.”

“It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your
family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band.  This is a
75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed
off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on
the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to
work on the next club newsletter.

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 long time
since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a
toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.
And so, as one smart bear once said…”If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live
without you.” – Winnie the Pooh.

Pass this on to all of your FRIENDS, even if it means sending it to
the person that sent it to you.

And if you receive this  many times from many different
people, it only means that you have many FRIENDS.

And if you get it but once, do not be discouraged for you will know
that you have at least one good friend…

And that would be ME


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their
dreams.
–Eleanor Roosevelt

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