My favorite toy was a bag of colorful marbles. Although fun to play a game of marbles, making a circle on the floor, knuckling down to shoot, it was no fun to lose your marbles. So I'd play school, lining them in a single file to enter my classroom under our dining room table. Obedient, they stayed in their rows and were quiet students. Deep down, I've always wanted to be a teacher. Now, I have no idea what I taught those marbles, but like A Course in Miracles says, we always teach what we need to learn.
Recently, when the PBS holiday catalog came in the mail, I felt like a child turning the pages of the old Sears and Roebuck Toy Catalog. Many items made my starry eyes shine. A planetarium projector. A set of solar system plates with matching bowls. But the photo of the hand-blown glass marble solitaire game made my eyes well up in a way that surprised me. The beautiful marbles were like little planets. Funny how a simple forgotten childhood joy can trigger fond memories. I'd found my marbles! They're on the coffee reminding me to enjoy each day like a trusting child.
Have a great day with the Angels.
Love and joyful blessings,