Unfair starts on the playground


It’s been a long time since I looked very closely at marbles. They’re kinda cool, even the rough-made modern ones.

I had a bit of fun playing marbles for a while. Then, one kid whose dad worked at a machine shop brought a single large—larger than ping-pong balls!—steelie out of his pocket in the middle of a game, and then the game changed! His steelie would turn our glass marbles to dust and fragments….

As you might imagine, within about two recesses, no one would play with him!