Curiosity Killed the Cat
Cats are curious little creatures!
They love to explore things around them. If they find something strange, they won’t rest until they’ve completely discovered what it is.
However, curiosity is not a trait that only cats follow.
It is a quality that many of us have. In fact, it is one of those abilities that make us open to learning new things in life. Sometimes, this quality can also harm us, or our young ones!
Let’s find out how!
Once there were two siblings. Sam and Kelly were playing in their front yard. It was just after dusk. Although, it was getting dark soon, they did not feel like returning home yet.
After all, what did they have to fear? They were right outside their own house. Nothing could hurt them here! They were just a little above 5 years old. Of course, their world began and ended with their garden and their play time!
They were playing catch! Sam was really good at it; Kelly not so much. Being the taller of the two, Sam was repeatedly throwing the ball over Kelly’s head. She kept missing and he kept winning!
It was fun!
Sam knew he was playing unfair but he was enjoying winning a lot more than caring about being fair.
Finally, when Kelly missed the ball for the fourth time, it went over her head and over the wall of their house into their neighbor’s front yard.
Both Sam and Kelly looked at each other. They knew that the neighbors were out of town. They were never going to get their ball back if they didn’t risk going into their yard on their own!
They climbed over a tree in their own garden and easily leaped over the wall into their neighbor’s garden.
The moment they jumped into the yard. Kelly spotted the ball. There it was, lying by the swings.
While Kelly went to get the ball, Sam stood waiting for her nearby a tree. They were going to use it to climb back into their own house.
As he stood there, Sam heard a sound from inside the open garage door of the house. Before, he could stop himself, a sense of adventure dawned on him. He wanted to explore the garage!
Without waiting for Kelly, Sam ran into the garage to see what was happening. He had made it to the door when he heard a monstrous growl from inside.
He stopped dead in his tracks as fear flooded him. There stood in front of him a large mountain lion!
The lion smiled at the children with bare teeth. Apparently, its wish for a plentiful dinner had just been fulfilled!
Moral: Curiosity killed the cat!
None of us would want our own children to be in the situation that Sam and Kelly ended up in. We can easily avoid such situations by keeping the curiosity of our children in check! Sometimes, wanting to know too much can lead to unpredictable circumstances.
This is especially true for our kids. They don’t know the ground realities of life!
You can teach them just how to survive through this story and many more!
A Selection of Curiosity Quotes
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ~ Plutarch
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
~ Albert Einstein
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ~ T.H. White
“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?” ~ George R.R. Martin
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Albert Einstein
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