Jacob Marley was an expert on chains.
In the 1938 film “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge is brought face to face with his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who laments,
“I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard! I gartered it on of my own free will and by my own free will, I wore it! . . . You do not know the weight and length of strong chain you bear yourself! . . . Ah, it is a ponderous chain! “
In 1970, (in slightly-better-film-quality) Jacob Marley asserted,
“It’s a terrible, ponderous chain you are making, Scrooge!“
Maybe you remember Goofy’s portrayal of Marley best, when he said,
“Ha-yuk. Yup. Er, no, no! I was wrong. And so, as punishment, I’m forced to carry these heavy chains for eternity! Maybe even longer.Tonight, you will be visited by three spirits. Listen to ’em. Do what they say, or your chains will be heavier than mine”
Honestly, my personal favorite is the Waldorf and Statler song-version from A Muppet Christmas Carol.
We’re Marley and Marley
Our hearts were painted black
We should have known our evil deeds
Would put us both in shackles
Exhausted by the weight
As freedom comes from giving love
So, prison comes with hate
You’re doomed for all time
Your future is a horror story
Written by your crime
Your chains are forged
By what you say and do
So, have your fun
When life is done
A nightmare waits for you!
Any way you look at it, all the Jacob Marleys have one major thing that never changes:
This year, in an effort to make the decorative focus on something more concrete than just aesthetics, I have started a new classroom tradition which we call “The Positive Chain”. I always have pieces of brightly colored paper ready-to-go on my desk and my students and I are building a paper chain of positivity!
It’s a great visual reminder of all of the good things that happen on a daily basis!
So, we are revolutionizing Jacob Marley’s heavy, cumbersome, and negative chains.
Welcome to the world of BRIGHT, CHEERFUL, LIGHT and POSITIVE chains!