Can I ask you a question?
If curiosity killed the cat, that cat must have had it coming, because curiosity is one of the greatest blessings we have as a people.
One of the proudest parts of being a father, is helping foster curiosity. About everything.
My nearly 10, and now 7 year olds, are little buckets of curiosity, and that makes me so happy.
I’m a firm believer in asking questions. It’s a big part of what I do for a living, but also, I feel it’s a big part of becoming a smarter and more well-read person.
My 7 year old son, just the other day, while we were driving, hit me with this one.
“Dad, how did all this start?”
“What do you mean by that?”
“All this, (pointing outside), there had to be a beginning.”
The gravity of that question hit me right between the eyes.
That one came right out of left field, from my little man.
We chatted for awhile about the belief that God created the Heavens and the Earth, and we also talked about the belief in the evolution of man, and that not everyone believes “this” all happened in the same way, but we carry a respect for whatever belief others may have, even if it’s different from ours.
My daughter also has no shortage of great questions, but one that really got me recently was about my dad. Her grandpa.
Having lost my dad when I was six, I barely got to know him, yet my daughter has a wonderful respect, and quest for knowledge about the grandpa she never knew.
“Did you get to play with your dad, like we play with you?”
Hit me right between the eyes again. Had to hold back the tears on that one, because the answer is no.
Last and only real memory of my dad, was after my mom saved enough from her job cleaning houses, to fly to Hawaii to meet him halfway, on his last R&R from Vietnam.
We spent two glorious weeks with him, which would be our last.
My daughter’s curiosity about the granddad she never met, led her to want to do a school project about “Grandpa Clarence” highlighting his service to our country, and her pride, in the granddad she never knew.
Curiosity and questions. Both lead to great discussions, a greater knowledge, and ultimately, smarter people.
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