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The little things define us

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A few years ago, I found a small box in my mail from Bill Thompson, a classmate of mine from Palouse.

Bill and I, along with 13 others, spent all 12 years together out of a class of 24.

Needless to say, we were tight, and very close friends.

I opened the box when I got home, and inside was a small agate marble, and a note. The note said, “As God is my witness, this is a marble that I got from you a long time ago when we were kids.”

When we were young, we played marbles for keeps, and I had, over the years from about 1940-42, accumulated about 1,500 of them. I seldom used my agate shoo...

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