The Wonder Years is perhaps one of the best TV series I can ever remember watching. It was based in the 1960’s and focused on a kid named Kevin Arnold and his “Wonder Years”. As I sit and watch these episodes now, I think back to when I was in Junior High and High school. (I know, it’s been a while but I do remember these years.) What I remember the most is why they are called The Wonder Years.
During this time, I started wondering about so much and trying to figure out what was going on in life. And as I wondered, I learned. I learned so many things like how to play football, basketball and many other games. I learned the value of keeping my mouth shut, though I didn’t do it much. I learned the big guys on campus fall harder than most and they fall for many reasons. I learned what new food and drinks tasted like. And I learned what a hangover feels like. I found out what a first kiss is like and it’s something to remember forever. I wondered what it would be like to fly, so I jumped off a roof or two. I didn’t fly but I learned if you act on your wondering, there are times it hurts! I got to find out the meaning and value of family during a rough time and how to lean on your family for strength. I found Jesus but ran from Him. Then I went back and then away again. I wondered why He took me back and through reading scriptures, I found out why. I wondered what it would be like to sleep in the mountains of Colorado by myself and got to find out. What a great time! But mostly, I wondered why my parents were pretty crazy and I found it was because of my wondering!
Throughout my wonder years, I learned plenty of dos and don’ts but mostly I found love. Love from Mom and Dad, my brothers and friends. I wondered what a best friend would be like and found out. But also I found out that the wonder years should never stop. I don’t believe our learning can ever stop and neither should our wondering. Wondering about stuff that makes sense already or stuff that makes no sense at all. I still wonder about stuff that makes no sense to some but stuff I just want to know about. I have found when I stop wondering about this and that, I stop learning about new stuff. Learning is a great thing and it’s something we should all keep doing.
So, don’t lose your wonder years. If you have lost them, find them again. Wonder about stuff that makes no sense to others. Wonder about things like what a rainbow would actually taste like if you could taste. Where is the plane going that you just saw take off from the airport. Where is that family next to you going on vacation. Where do people work when you meet them. Just wonder. It’s not a bad thing, it just makes you think. When you see something that reminds you of a good time, remember that good time like it just happened. Don’t stop learning or wondering. Because if you do, life, or worse, you could get boring!
Love you all!