The Norman Transcript

Features

March 1, 2013

Our insatiable curiosity

NORMAN — Bipeds, also known as people and/or humans, are curious creatures. For the purposes of this discussion, we are using the term “curious” to mean the state of being inquisitive rather than the condition of being odd ducks.

Let’s face it. Humans have not cornered the market on being inquisitive or nosy. That label can be applied to any creature, but particularly to cats. You may be familiar with the saying “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” What you may not know is that in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing the quotation read: “What, courage man. What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.” In this case, “care” means worry or sorrow. How “care” evolved into “curiosity” is about as clear as muddy water.

Although there is entertainment value in watching a cat chase an unreachable string or bat at a ball of yarn, watching humans poke their noses into things out of pure unadulterated curiosity ranks higher on the entertainment scale because you expect more from humans.

So, once upon a time, Hubby and his twin sister were bathed and dressed in brand new, white matching outfits. Mom told the toddlers to stay indoors and stay clean while the rest of the family finished getting ready.

As it happens, repairs were underway on the road near their house and the twins decided to investigate. By the time everyone gathered in the living room ready to leave, the twins were missing. But the sound of happy giggles drew the family to the front door.

The sweet little dirt magnets were playing in the tar — laughing and tossing tar balls at each other. And those cute little white outfits were white no longer.

It is this same endearing and deeply embedded childlike curiosity which draws us to check out an event — catastrophic or otherwise. That is why we see crowds gather when a building is on fire or eagerly watch the planned implosion of a stadium or skyscraper.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Parents urged to research ADHD

    Q: Our son has just been diagnosed with ADHD, and we have been told he may need social skills training. He is in third grade, and this is all very new and foreign. Do you know anything about this training, and what does this mean for his ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Eggspectations

    You may or may not be aware that for many people Easter Sunday is a greater and more important event than Christmas Day. On Easter Sunday the purpose which began with His birth, celebrated on Christmas Day, was fulfilled. Nevertheless, in ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Biting protocol for puppies

    Dear Dr. Fox: My puppy really likes to chew on my hand when I pet him. I am afraid he might get more aggressive when he gets older. His sharp teeth hurt, and sometimes he runs at me and jumps up to paw me. I push him away, but he comes ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman volunteer recognized for work at Veterans Corner

    Each week, we recognize a volunteer who makes that extra effort to assure that a veteran or surviving spouse receives VA benefits. Shirley Clark-Cowdin has been with us four years. During that time, she and her crew of ladies have helped ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Here is how reverse mortgages operate nowadays

    Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get....

    April 15, 2014

  • Annual Norman Iris Show set at library

    A tradition of the Norman Area Iris Society and Norman Public Library returns this spring with the annual Norman Iris Show from 1 to 4 p.m. April 27 in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave....

    April 15, 2014

  • Allan Oehlschlager, family celebrating 100-year milestone

    From Kansas City to Norman with stops in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Yale, Oklahoma City and Edmond — looking back as he prepared to mark his 100th birthday today, Allan Oehlschlager termed it a “glorious ride.” Born April 13, 1914, in ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Single parents to be honored

    Five Oklahoma single parents and two adult children of single parents will be honored with awards at the Single Parent Support Network black tie fundraiser, “An Enchanted Evening,” on April 29 at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Dreams for the next 14 years

    On Monday I’ll be the proud aunt of a 14-year-old niece. For 14 years, I’ve had the chance to get used to her being 14 someday, and I’m still not there. Maybe in another 14 years, I’ll realize that she’s not a baby anymore....

    April 13, 2014

  • Midwest City reunions set

    Midwest City High School class reunions for 1970 to 1979 will be hosted in June at the Midwest City Community Center....

    April 13, 2014