“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice, (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” – Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears”, 1865.
It’s interesting and curious to consider that Alice had to go down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass, to discover inside-out worlds of utter insanity. To quote the Cheshire Cat, “We’re all mad here”! And yet today all we need do is turn on the televisions, cue up one of our devices or simply step outside, “And the mome raths outgrabe.” *
We live in a world of wonder. Not in the sense of one filled with a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable (as defined by Webster’s) but rather a WTF kind of wonder — meant for someone else.
Yes, the world is wonderful. Oft it is so wonder-filled we become wonder-full and then the wonder-flows over creating a wonder-fall that pools on pages for those wandering along the shore to see and wonder what wonders the writer wonders as they wander.
If you’re wondering when we’ll get to wondering around those wonderful wonders… wonder no more…
Nowadays a lot of people like to walk, jog or run for exercise or recreation. Some (not all) of the exercise enthusiasts hire out and pay a service (or the kid next door) to mow their grass. Ever wonder why they don’t push-mow their own lawn to get their steps in? Shouldn’t someone have developed a lawn care workout program by now? You could start with a self-propelled model, move onto a standard push-mower and work your way up to a reel mower (the old-timey, engine-less kind). Beyond that, you could really get a workout by pushing your riding mower around the yard.
Along the same lines, ever wonder why cyclists never really go anywhere? Sure they cover a lot of miles on preplanned bike routes or mountain trails. But how often do you see any of them hop on their bike just to go to the store? I wonder why only people who can’t afford cars are the ones riding their bicycles to work.
With so many people riding golf carts around and not golfing, do you wonder, should we still be calling them “golf” carts?
If a go-kart doesn’t run does it become a stay-kart?
We’ve all seen thousands of stop signs. Ever wonder if somewhere, out there, on the vast stretches of open highway, there’s a GO sign? If you find it, pass it, would you get $200?
So many people talk of winning the lottery. They can go into explicit detail of what they’d do if ever they won. This makes one wonder, why so few of those many actually play the lotto.
Ever wonder, or seriously stop to consider, what you’d really do if you won a million dollars?
Ever wonder why, considering inflation and economy, one million dollars is still the go-to when it comes to asking, “what would you do if you won…” or “what would you do for…”?
Ever wonder what you’d REALLY do for a million dollars? Keep it to yourself.
Considering my wife’s petite, diminutive height, I oft wonder and worry, What would happen if all the tall people died off? Would things forever remain on the grocery’s top shelf? Would step ladder sales soar? How would things like sports and architecture change if 5 feet were the max human height?
While on the subject of human design, have you ever wondered how different our world would be with the simple addition of on extra finger per hand?
Do you ever wonder why, as we get older, our favorite numbers and colors change? Becoming less and less important to us than they were when we were kids?
Looking back, do you ever wonder why you were so eager to grow-up in the first place?
I wonder why, in the dark, even as adults, even when we know there’s nothing back there to be afraid of, we still tentatively look back almost expecting to see something. I wonder what we’re expecting to see and what we would do if we did.
Our world is indeed full of wonder and right now I’m wondering what profound thought I should close with.
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