The Norman Transcript


November 21, 2013

Tell me why

NORMAN — The simple question “why?” has the power to transport adults back to those carefree days when the sole purpose of their rug rat existence was to eat, fill cases of diapers, and occasionally sleep. Babies may be small and helpless and yet they reign supreme in their homes, causing more than one parent to occasionally wonder why they felt compelled to create replacements and thereby complicate their lives.

Mind you, those little perpetual motion replicas are cute, sweet, loving and lovable. However, when the words “why” or “what’s that” pass through their innocent lips, they unleash the verbal equivalent of Niagara Falls. As any parent can attest, the initial “why” is magically recorded on a perpetual loop which repeats the word following every answer given until the parent runs out of answers or the child falls asleep?

Intellectually, we recognize that human beings are inquisitive and eager to learn. Well, most of them are eager to learn. Although the content of the synapses formed in those inquisitive skulls may or may not be practical. Nevertheless, knowledge for the sake of knowledge is what eventually converts the average adult into a fountain of wisdom once they become seasoned citizens.

The good news is that there is always room for more knowledge, even if you believe your mind is overflowing with important as well as random bits of information. No matter how old we are our innate curiosity and the need to ask “Why” never diminishes, only the stimulus for the question changes.

As may be the case with you, there are questions which have been begging to be answered far too long. Some will have fairly simple answers while others may result in complicated and varied solutions.

Let’s begin with the approaching holiday that is only six weekends away.

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