The Curious minds of Kids

Me and My curious mind

As a youngster, like other kids, I had a very curious mind. I asked my parents some questions and some I’d try to figure out myself.

For Big English Words, my dad was my dictionary. I can’t count how many times, I’d say to him “Dad, what’s the meaning of ……..” and straight away, he’d explain to me. I will share a few things that got me real curious. This was between the ages of about 4 – 7.

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The Newscaster – while looking at the man on the TV read the news, I used to wonder why he never turned when I moved to another side of the Living room even though his eyes were still looking at me from the screen. I expected him to swivel round slightly when I moved to the other side of the room. He never smiled either – Just kept on talking with a straight face.

 

Secondly, Growing Taller. I wondered how I grew, so at the Eve of my birthday, I would stand with my back against a wall and mark near the top of my head with a pencil. On the morning of my birthday, I would do the same to work out how much taller I had grown overnight, but there was no difference in height. It always puzzled me.

Tooth Fairy. When a tooth of mine came out and I put it under my pillow. I tried staying awake so I could meet this lovely, glittery fairy, but never did. The disappointment soon wore off though, after finding money under my pillow.

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London Telephone boxes. I always gave them a strange look, making a mental note never ever to walk near one or even go in one, as I was convinced that I might never come out. That was a result of watching too much Dr Who. I have since learnt that the Phone Box in Dr Who is called - TARDIS.

"The Scary Boxes"

From the photo – The Blue one is the one in DR Who Series, The red one is how Telephone boxes used to look in the 70s. (There are still some about now). As a kid, both looked similar and scary to me.

 

Little Elena "The Young and the Restless"

Curiosity nearly kills the Cat. This final one, happened in Africa. My mum found it easier to boil water in a big pot. It was about three times the size of a kettle. All she had to do was pour water in it and insert a boiling ring, which was plugged to a socket. She called me aside one day and asked me never to put my fingers in the water when the boiling ring was switched on and as I replied nicely “Yes mummy”. One day, while she was out, I wanted to see what would happen if I did. So, I put water in the pot, switched it on, picked up a spoon and slowly dipped it in the water. Well, I threw it away as soon as it touched the water. It gave me a little electric shock. How dumb ?!! Hope she doesn’t read this.

If it had resulted in a serious Accident, some people would blame my mum not knowing she specifically warned me.

Lesson

I’ve learnt that the one thing you ask kids not to do, is what they actually get curious to do. These days, I’ve noticed kids don’t like to eat vegetable. So, when I have kids, I’ll say to them. “Eat the ice cream and the cake but don’t touch the Vegetable, don’t even look at it, infact, don’t try to put it in your mouth!" I wonder if it would make them satisfy their curiosity and in the process, then “decide” to like the taste. Is that what they call reverse Psychology?

It would be nice to read other people’s experiences. Are there any things that got you very curious as a child.?

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andromida 6 years ago

I hope your mum is not reading this hub.I also had curiosity about growing taller,tooth fairy ; I even used to ask my mum why the moon is not falling down to earth when I learned moon is floating in space.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A cute hub and I loved reading it. Thank you


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I loved this hub! You know, those telephone booths didn't ever look scary to me...Until now! You know what? You may have something here...You could expand this, fix it up a bit and make this hub into a children's book. What do you think?

I'm dead serious by the way!

Dohn


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

The other side of the coin: when I was very young my great-grandmother, bless her soul, used to adjust her position in the living room to try to see something on television that was just beyond the screen, much like trying to look sideways outside the window.

Thanks for the post, I had forgotten the story about my great-grandmother until I read this.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahahahaha Yes reverse psychology does work. I enjoyed your hub! :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

**Lol. Andromida - you had an interesting, curious mind too. :)

** Thanx Hello hello, nice to read from you again.

** Hi Dohn, lol. Thanks for your comments. Ref: Kids books, I've never written children's stories before. I wouldn't know where to start but will look into it. Nice thought.

** Cheers Mike, nice to know. Hope it brought back a lot more lovely memories. Regards

** Hello Ripplemaker, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping. :)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Charming story. It peaks my interest in that with all the information available in today's world, is curiosity lost? Those phone booths (the mobile phones of the 60's and 70's) bring back memories. I too, was terrified that the door wouldn't re-open. Thanks Lady E.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Lol Jai, glad to know I wasn't alone. Thanks for your comments.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

A great read Lady E, as I am older than dirt I can't remember what I was curious about, but I do know that a pre kindergarten teacher once asked me what I had done to my youngest son. Puzzled I cautiously asked what did she mean. She said he asks questions no 4 year old should ask. She went on to say that he was very very intelligent. As it turns out she was right. He is a senior in high school with a 162 IQ and just received a full ride scholarship to Purdue University for academics.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Wow Fishtiger, that is wonderful news. Congrats. He must take after you. Lol - you must be the proudest mum right now. Nice to read from you again and Best wishes to your son. :)


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nadiaazhar 6 years ago from kuwait

hey Lady_E it's an amazing hub,i'm nostalgic at the moment. i was a very serious type of a kid,not much into naughty stuff was always trying to find the logics.i still remember while running around i forcefully used to stop my arm from moving to and fro,thinking that i'm wasting my energy,i only need my legs to run,arms and hands are used to grab things:)Silly me!!


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marieryan 6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

Lady_E, I know what you mean about the Tardis....I remember being scared to death of telephone boxes too and vacuum cleaners that reminded me of the 'Daleks'!

When I was little, and angry for not getting my own way, I would want to run away, out of anger or embarrassment, so apparently I used to cover my face with my hands and turn round in circles on the spot. I really I used to believe the person couldn't see me because I couldn't see them!

A lovely hub!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Lol, that is so funny Nadia. The other funny thing is at that time of our lives, we feel serious about things in our own little ways. Best wishes. :)

** Thanks Marie - They've always had a weird look. lol. Lovely comments. Thanks. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, What a nice refreshing hub! That's so funny about the telephone booth! You are right about kids and there curious minds! This made me think about the dreams I had as a young child and "I was soaring above the clouds..." Then waking up and wondering Hmmm... Thanks for sharing, as always much love & Blessings!


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networkandy 6 years ago from Connecticut

Yeah kids are curious that is when they start to ask the question "WHY?"


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Lol Deborrah. That's a nice story to read. In a Spiritual way, may you continue to Soar in life. Best Wishes.

** True Networkandy - That poor word "why" must feel very worn out. lol Thanks for stopping.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi, curiosity might of killed the cat. But curiosity in a child means the child is developing good mind power. I also asks many questions as a child; it's been said that children that ask a lot of questions are usually smart. Cool read, thanks.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Brina

I always laugh at that phrase "curiousity killed the cat." Nice of you to stop by. :-)

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