Marbles Mark the Passage of Time

My mother-in-law, Hazel Martin shared an idea of having 2 jars of marbles to mark the passage of time. My first jar (on the right) holds enough marbles for every Saturday from now until I’m 80 years old. Every Saturday, I move a marble from the first jar to the second jar (on the left). I’ve been doing this since I was 39. This ritual helps me to be conscious of the passage of time. It’s a small reminder of what’s important and that life is truly short.

Today, I counted out the marbles to take on our trip, 50 marbles for each Saturday remaining in 2012. I hope the time goes slowly and that the marbles help me cherish every moment.


Theresa's Marbles - Copyright © Theresa Martin

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