Many of you who read this will quickly discern this letter was not written using a Montgomery Ward Signature 510 typewriter. The original letter to the B’Laster Corporation was written with the 510 however I have misplaced the photograph of the letter so I reproduced it today using my 1961 Olympia SG-1. (Thankfully I had scanned the photograph and using Google’s OCR have the text of the letter stored on my Macbook Pro. The synergies of a digital/analog handshake!) Why the SG-1? Simply it’s the machine I am using right now.
I received the “Blaster” stickers and the hat yesterday in response to me letter. This is another testament to the power of the written (typewritten) word to communicate with other humans. There is no greater power and no greater joy.
I am blessed with the memory of a lunchtime walk on a glorious day. When I returned to the office I could not get the memory of the walk out of my head. I was summoned to a nonsensical telephone conference call about nothing. And nothing lasted over an hour. Soon after the meeting started the doodling began and then these words jumped out of my head and onto the paper. By many, if not most accounts, and certainly mine, nothing was accomplished by the telephone conference call but, because of it, this poem emerged, to be shared. I am thankful for that. I hope you are too.
Warm fuzzies – feeling of happiness, contentment, or sentimentality (Merriam-Webster)
Curiosity did not kill the cat. Curiosity allowed the cat to live a richer, fuller, and more rewarding life. Curiosity will do the same thing for you.
Recently, while shopping at Whole Foods, I saw sign that was advertising cheese for sale. I love cheddar cheese, the sharper the better, but beyond that I’d never given much thought to cheddar cheese or any other cheese for that matter. But this sign in Whole Foods piqued my curiosity. It was a clue I had to follow.
My research introduced me to Cheddar, England and subsequently to several related and interesting facts. The word “cheddar” is from the Old English “ceodor” meaning deep, dark cavity or pouch. Since the area was named Cheddar it was not surprising to learn there is a Cheddar Gorge and caves in the area. I was surprised to learn that these caves are the inspiration for the caves behind Helm's Deep in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Two Towers”* and the 1960s British Rock Band, The Troggs, used the Cheddar Caves as the backdrop for the band photograph on their debut album “From Nowhere - The Troggs” which included their song “Wild Thing”.
I was also pleasantly-surprised to learn about Cheddar Man. Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was discovered in 1903 in a cave in Cheddar Gorge. The remains are referred to as Cheddar Man. DNA testing indicate Cheddar Man was probably lactose intolerant and therefore unable to enjoy Cheddar Cheese.
Extraordinary facts? Maybe or maybe not. Interesting? Certainly. Do they help me connect a few dots in the world? Absolutely. I wasn’t shopping for cheese that day but the cheese found me … and my curiosity. It took my hand and lead me on a journey beyond the ordinary to something more, possibly the extraordinary, and if not this time then maybe next time. More often than we realize, life’s richness is all around us. It may be obscured but in plain view, visible to cats and anyone else who dares to follow their curiosity. What riches might you be missing? Follow your curiosity and find out but be prepared for the extraordinary.