The Norman Transcript


March 1, 2013

Our insatiable curiosity



Now you see it. Boom. Then you don’t.

Accidents tend to draw rubberneckers. Folks slow down and check out what happened. How badly were the vehicles damaged? Was anyone hurt? They are compelled to feed the curious cat within.

Our curiosity is a powerful force. It may be the beginning of a great idea or invention. Or, it is unadulterated nosiness. No matter how young or old you may be, you want to know what’s going on. You want to see for yourself. This is the “inquiring minds” syndrome. If you watch people or just glance in the mirror, you realize most folks got in the curiosity gene line at least once.

This quasi-philosophical rumination evolved because of a water pipeline which runs from Lake Texoma through countless properties, including ours, all the way to Wylie, Texas and the water processing plant.

Hubby is far more curious than the average bear.

He will stand behind me while I prepare a meal. He will wander into the kitchen to peek in the pot while said meal is cooking “just to check on it.”

It is quite possible that his heart leapt with joy when he saw the digging and other preparations for the pipeline. It is a giant magnet and Hubby cannot stay away. He even braved the elements, as in brisk, cold winds, to go fishing in our lake, which just happens to be near the pipeline activity.

He watched up close and personal, chatted with the supervisor. And then he returned to the house with red cheeks and a happy smile to tell me all about it.

That worked out well. He braved the inclement weather and I stayed in the warm house, reading.

A perfect division of labor.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website

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