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A Why? Child
By Darlene C. Zagata   

Last edited: Monday, May 06, 2002
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

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Children have a natural curiosity. Asking questions is part of the learning process. Do you have a "why" child?

I was always what I call a "why?" child. I drove my mother crazy with all the questions I would ask her constantly. I had a question for just about everything.

"Why do people get old?"
"Why do people die?"
"Why is the sky blue?"
"Why are there so many stars?"

You get the picture. My mother always answered my questions by saying "Some things aren't meant to be known."

Well, that wasn't good enough for me. I wanted answers, real answers.

I always embarrassed my mother by asking my myriad of questions in front of friends and relatives. She would try to cover her embarrassment by saying, "She's such an inquisitive child." Then she would give me that sharp look and continue, "Too inquisitive for her own good." At that point I knew it was time to be quiet, but I could never be quiet for very long. I've always been quite opinionated and a little too good at expressing my opinions.

After all these years, I'm still very much that inquisitive child. I don't see anything wrong with asking questions, after all that's part of the learning process.

These days I drive my husband crazy and anyone else who will listen to me for any length of time, with my incessant questioning, theorizing and philosophical debating.
I still wrestle with some of the same questions.

"Why do people have to die?"
"What's the purpose of life?"
and so on...
I welcome other people's opinions, I love to hear what others think. It provides me with fresh knowledge to mull over.

I've always had this terrible thirst for knowledge. I want to know the unknowable. I believe that there is an answer to every question; we just have to find it. I have always had an insatiable need to explain the unexplainable. I guess that's why I have always loved the paranormal, because there are so many questions to be answered.

Sometimes my kids will drive me a bit crazy with their questions, but when I find myself becoming irritated, I stop and realize that they get their curious nature from their mother. So I try to answer their questions to the best of my ability, even the unanswerable ones.

Since my own range of questions is so vast and diverse, I am usually pretty well prepared for just about any question my kids could throw at me.

Much knowledge has been amassed by questions that arose. If people never thought of asking questions, there would be no need to continue learning and educating ourselves.

Knowledge is infinite. There will always be questions, and those who ask them. There will always be those to work to provide answers to those questions. There will always be believers and skeptics. There will always be the inquisitive, curious seekers of knowledge and truth. There will always be a child who responds to every statement with "Why?"












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Reviewed by Bianca Boonstra 3/1/2002
Sometimes I ask why... why I cant provide the answers to the questions of my children. It is natural I guess
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 9/3/2001
Excellently done!
Reviewed by Nellie Feng 8/6/2001
I never stopped asking the "Why"s too :)*****
Reviewed by John Pace 7/9/2001
Darlene, I read several of your articles as well as your poem. How insightful - and more so because your style is clear and crisp
and draws the reader in. I enjoyed all of it.
P.S. Thanks for the review of my poem.
Reviewed by Kel Johnson 6/18/2001
I'm still asking these questions and searching for the answers. Great article. Kel
Reviewed by Jan Richards (Reader) 6/16/2001
Why is the world round? Why do we have to grow old? Why are we poor and my friend rich? Ah! the why's but we managed to get through them. Still there are a lot of why's I would like to know about the sky and what is beyond.

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