wonder junkie

I heard an interview with, I think, the host of a show called something like “Brain Games” the other day

I was driving… at work…so I wasn’t paying as close attention to the interview as I might have been….so I didn’t catch the host’s name.

Let’s look it up….it’s crummy to be lazy when Google is so easy.

Jason Silva! That wasn’t so hard.

In the interview, he talked a little about how much he liked Carl Sagan….and how he’d heard the phrase “wonder junkie” first mentioned in the book Contact.

Then he went on to talk a little about Jodie Foster and the movie she starred in that they made out of the book, and how Jodie Foster’s character in the movie, Ellie, is a true “wonder junkie”….obsessed with and amazed at the vastness of the Universe.

It made me want to watch that movie again.

What a great phrase….”wonder junkie”.

What a great phrase that is….something great to aspire to….to be a “wonder junkie”.

Nate’s up now….waiting for me to finish this blog so that he can watch videos about Transformer toys on YouTube.

I haven’t made my coffee yet.

There are a lot of things that happen everyday that I focus on that might eclipse my ability to notice the things that are “really amazing”.

It’s hard for me to study the stars when someone short is tugging at my hand.

It’s hard to notice things that should fill me with wonder when I am helping to take care of the things that a parent needs to take care of.

I am not communicating with the stars.

I don’t interact with things far and wild….with the mysteries of the universe.

I am not a scientist.

I deal in the mundane.


But…my world is full of wonder. My world is full of wonder that I miss every time I think that I need to chase something “out there”┬áthat might be grand and mysterious.

I have a little boy sitting on my lap while I try to type this.

I can hear Jenny sleeping in the next room with Sparrow.

My oldest son is asleep in his room.

My daughter is probably still asleep up at college.

That’s my wonder.

I am a junkie for that wonder.

I guess that I’m a “wonder junkie” after all.

What a mysterious world it is….details big and small….so full of wonder and amazement.


About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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