Thursday, December 3, 2009

3,900 Saturdays

saturdays 001 I got an email this week from

A wonderful company: Simple Truths

They send me stories from time to time,

and I can honestly say,

I have never disliked one!

I love a good story.

This one is great!saturdays 002

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. 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.saturdays 004

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:saturdays 006

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 whomever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.saturdays 005

"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 of a "thousand marbles."

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"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 3,900, 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.withdrawl 4

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 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.saturdays 009

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.saturdays 007

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 been 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!"saturdays 003

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."saturdays 010I know, I know, this was a little long.

Sometimes long is good though.

I hope this story was a blessing to you

as you are about to encounter another Saturday!

Make it count!

What is your favorite thing to do on Saturday?

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There are sure to be some stunning pictures

over at Lolli’s this week! Go visit : )

49 comments:

jen@odbt said...

What a great story and lesson! All the pictures you included too were fantastic.

stephanie garcia said...

I loved it, Becky. I am so sappy these days that it made me cry.

Mighty M said...

I just loved this!!

Baloney said...

I've been super busy and missing your blog. So glad I caught this post. I've heard the story but it still serves as a great reminder about the quality of our time here on earth.
Thanks for posting this. Hope you are doing well!

Lolli said...

That's such a wonderful story! Sounds like that man really figured a few important things out! My favorite thing to do on Saturday, beyond sleeping in, is packing a picnic and going up to the mountains to hike and picnic, or something similar.

I LOVE that picture of the balloons against the sky. Stunning!!

Mandi Miller said...

What an amazing story! Saturdays come every week and I know my family wastes many of them. Thank you for sharing this story, it was really convicting.

smiles4u said...

I have heard this story before but love it every time I hear it. So good to be reminded of this wonderful truth. Great pictures...such smiles to end my day with. Thanks. XX Lori

Carly said...

great story! I loved your picture with the balloons and the sun-flare. Great pictures to accompany the story. I love every picture that you post.

Grandma J said...

That's one of my favorite stories....and I love those photos of your young man!!! He's so cool!

littletoesandcheerios said...

I love the way you tell these stories with pictures. This is one of the best ones I have ever heard. Can I post this link on my FaceBook? If you don't want me to due to privacy I totally understand.

Kristin said...

Great story to read...helps you keep it all in perspective! Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I really appreciate it!

tinahead81 said...

i really enjoyed readying that! thank you for sharing!

those pics are awesome!!

Marilyn said...

A definite blessing. Thank you! I needed that.

April said...

You made me CRY!!! That was about the sweetest story and lesson EVER! THANK YOU so much!!!

Nurse Nancy said...

What a wonderful story. I love Saturday morning because it is the only day of the week I get time to be alone. Seems like the direct opposite of what your story says...but in our house, the day is Sunday. Our family time is Sunday and no one disturbs our Sundays.

Heidi said...

What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Frau said...

I love that story wow it's so true! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I loved this too. So good to remember what is important...great photos too, as always!

Martha in PA said...

I heard this story two years ago on the local talk station in Orlando, and I have never forgotten it! Thanks for sharing!

Love the photos!

Tina said...

Thank you...you have no idea how much I needed to hear a story like this today.....I am so choked up!!!

BEAUTIFUL......

~Hugs

Nessa said...

Great story and I love the idea.

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4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...so lovely, my friend!

P.S. I gave you an award in my FF post today. :o)

Darlene said...

I have heard that before and it still brings a tear to my eye. I LOVE the story and it definitely makes you think, doesn't it?

Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.♥

Yelena R. said...

What a great story! Thank you for sharing :) Have an awesome weekend!

jennykate77 said...

I don't even know why, but this story brought tears to my eyes. We really do have to take advantage of each moment given to us. What a sweet story. I wish I could give that guy a hug. My favorite thing to do on Saturday morning is finish off a whole pot of coffee by myself while watching cartoons with Isaiah...and browsing through blogs when I get a chance.

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!!♥

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

Wow! this story touched my heart. Thanks so much for sharing this! It makes me want to do the same thing. It puts life into perspective. Wow! Seriously thanks for sharing this with me. it makes me want to get off this computer and kiss my kids who are so quietly watching cartoons

thedulls said...

ok tears in my eyes or better yet on my cheeks. Life is so short - may we cherish the moments with those we love!

RR Mama said...

I have heard that story before and love it more every time I do. Thanks for the reminder of just how important family and friends are!

AK said...

Life with Kaishon, U have a great blog as well. Couldn't find ur name. Pls put up the about me soon. Thank you sooo much for visiting. Keep coming and keep writing.

Great post.Thought provoking and wonderful pics..I am follloooowiiinngg..!

mellisarock said...

What a wonderfully sweet wake up call!!

Thanks so much for posting this story!

The Animator's Wife said...

Oh love that!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

What a great story and a great message! Really makes you think about things. My favorite thing to do on Saturdays is to enjoy a couple cups of coffee and HGTV! :) I am sure once I have kids that will change!

Kristina P. said...

I love this! What a great way to quantify the non-material things in our lives.

Suki said...

Oh Becky, this was an absolutely stunning story. So true and it truly touched my heart! Sadly the boyfriend is one of that business folks who work more than 60 hours a week. So, I spend mostly Saturdays alone, focusing on the dogs and on friends.

teena said...

Wow. What an inspiring story! I'm putting "Buy 1, 742 marbles" on my to-do list!

Yaya said...

This was amazing. Thank you!

Krysten Hartenstein said...

Aw what a great story!

My favorite thing to do on Saturday, IF I'm not working, is to have movie marathon days with the hubby. We just hang out, pick our favorite movies and laze around. Love it!

JamericanSpice said...

I loved this and the photos are just beautiful.

I cried though.

Today I watched tv and played with the kids. We had a good time, I think.

but one person was missing.

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story.

Coniqua said...

I remember reading this story before and thinking it would make a nice wedding theme, with guests suggesting activities that couples could do together on Saturdays.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Favorite thing? SLEEP IN... but it hasn't happened in a very long time. VERY LONG TIME....

SKELLER said...

balloons AND flare AND Kaishon?!?! guess which picture I like best!!!

and can I tell you my sad sad story? I had a shoot yesterday with a dear friend. we planned it at a specific time when a bench and balloons and the sun at the horizon to nicely backlight it all would all be in proper alignment. no sun. dark clouds. threat of rain (which is great in droughty SoCal, but bad for photos). 'twas a bummer.

but your delightful photo reminded me of what coulda been ...

Shelle said...

What a sweet story, my hubby needs to hear that one :):)

Molly Doe said...

love it

Jane said...

What an absolutely touching story. I love it! Thank you for sharing with us. Beautiful blog, btw. So many adorable kids! Lucky you!

Rachel Cotterill said...

What a fabulous story. And seriously, that's a lot of marbles if you start too young.....

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I loved this story, I love you and I love Kaishon-and really in those heels!
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Liz said...

That was a sweet story and great reminder! Loved the pictures!

Forever Friends - said...

I loved your pictures and the White Dress Shirt story. Happy Holidays!!
Beth-Forever Friends

Rachel said...

Saturday mornings are the best! Hubby and I love to make coffee and watch This Old House on Saturday mornings in our pj's.

That story was very touching. Thank you!