Saturday, June 21, 2014

Aging: The Wonders of Curiosity

Curiosity (TV series)
Curiosity (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We all know that our mind is a "terrible thing to waste" and that "education is wasted on the young"...or at least that is what we have been told. I am finding that my curiosity is increasing as I get older so I am not wasting my mind or my age. That is the good thing.

The bad thing is that I am  no longer afraid to ask if I wonder. The fact is many people do not like me coming up to them on the street and asking them questions. And I don't want to become the creepy neighbor lady that peeks through the blinds at the neighbors. Sometimes I just have to wonder and wait. There you have it.

I wonder how safe driving is
in Utah where the speed limit is
80 mph!

I had a set of encyclopedias when I was a 10 and my mother would settle arguments with my grandfather using what those books had to offer. I loved the feel of them in my hands and honestly rushed home from school for weeks after they were delivered to explore a new volume.

Oh, and now we settle arguments by doing a search on the computer or iphone. I don't suppose much has changed at all. My son tells me that we don't need to wonder about things anymore because we have this wonderful "new" thing called technology. Amazing!

My grandson told me the other day that he and his friend were curious as to what the most expensive thing on Amazon was. When they Googled it, they found a diamond chandelier ranked at the top...serious money I am guessing. I loved that he knew where to go to find the answer without even thinking. I have to remind myself about Google.

Siri on my iPhone will find things for me too. When we traveling I also wonder where I am or how big a particular desert is or even where to eat in Podunk. I also carry an atlas because my phone is not active is some remote places. Even in this age of wonderful technology, sometimes a real book is the only thing available. If I don't have some way to find the answer I will forget what I am wondering about.

Curiosity is a wonderful thing.

What have you wondered about today?



  1. I wondered, on the walk I took with Art, how a rosebush on our route managed to grow flowers with different colors - orange and red. He said he had no idea, and I didn't have my iPhone with me, so I still wonder.

    1. There is a rose, almost wild, that is called Jacob's Coat. My mother's neighbor had one in her front yard. It bloomed out yellow and then turned pink as it developed. I always thought is was a miracle!

  2. I wonder about everything--i love poking around in all places!

    1. Me too. In fact I love the adventure of finding things myself so much that I seldom read a travel book at the beginning of my vacation.


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