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Old 10-12-2007, 04:31 PM   #1
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Red Marbles

Had this email sent to me, thought I'd share it with you guys; don't know if it's appropiate for FYM, but it is touching. Enjoy:

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RED MARBLES

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed
a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily
apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my pota toes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green
peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation
between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

"Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure
look good."

"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with?"

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?" asked Mr. Miller.

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize marble here."

"Is that right? Let me see it" said Miller.

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of
go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?" the store owner
asked.

"Not zackley but almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this
way let me look at that red marble". Mr. Miller told the boy.

"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.
With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our
community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain
with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with
their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after
all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or
an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store."

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short
time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man,
the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just
recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and
while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his

visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed
to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet
the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we
could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform
and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts..all
very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed
and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her,
kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on t o the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man
stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in
the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded
her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her
husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my
hand and led me to the casket.

"Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.
They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at
last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they
came to pay their debt."

"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she
confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ."

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased
husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral : We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind
deeds. Life is not measu! red by t he breaths we take, but by the moments that
take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you
didn't make yourself...An unexpected phone call from an old
friend...Green stoplights on your way to work...The fastest line at the grocery
store..A good sing-along song on the radio...Your keys found right where you
left them.



If you don't share this with someone, it means you are in way too much of a
hurry to even notice the ordinary miracles when they occur.

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU GATHER, BUT WHAT YOU SCATTER THAT TELLS WHAT KIND OF LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED!
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it is a toss up


reading that

or

stepping in dog shit for two minutes
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Let's try and keep these cheesy forwards in emails where they belong.
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I liked it. It gave me a good feeling inside. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:33 AM   #6
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I liked it. It gave me a good feeling inside. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, I don't understand the ignorant comments though.

I guess some folks deal from different psychological and emotional paradigms perhaps.

best,

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I guess some folks deal from different psychological and emotional paradigms perhaps.
It couldn't possibly be anything else, could it, David?


And 'ignorant' is misplaced. What's ignorance got to do with some tired and predictable email forward?


But go ahead and applaud your ficticious feel-good stories. I'd rather applaud the real-life tales.

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My mind has been freed . . .

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applaud your ficticious feel-good stories.
How do you know?

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..so feel good stories whether fact or fiction, according to some --have no place on Interland.

Wow, how interestingly telling and sad.

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It would be nice in your journal as something sweet to say. It's just not really a FYM topic. It's not really a topic one can discuss. Or vote in a poll on.
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You draw the strangest conclusions, dbs. There is a time and place for nice feel good stories with little discussion. A forum meant primarily for debate is not one of them.
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Free Your Mind
This is an off-topic forum. Discuss politics, *spirituality, religion, world events.

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So what is it you'd like to discuss about this story, db?
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