I don't even know how long I have had them. I remember when I was little collecting and trading them like everyone else in the neighborhood. Solid colors or cat eyes? Which did you like best?
The solids had milky white swirls in them. The cat eyes were clear with the swirl of color. I think I liked the cat eyes the best. I didn't like the "steelies", steel marbles. Those seemed so cold and more for boys, not pretty at all.
I remember getting an iron skillet, heating it up and putting the marbles in it. When they got real hot, I'd take the skillet and run it all under cold water. Those marbles would crack and look like crystals. I don't think I ever broke one.
I'd count them, sort them, roll them around in my bedspread and play for hours with them. But, I never played a game of marbles. I don't even think I knew how to.
Marbles, something I bet is at the bottom of just a few kids Christmas list, if even on it at all.
*Oops, it's a Crown Royal bag. What kind of kid was I that I didn't even know my booze bags?!