This is Felix's new favorite place to lay. I'm really not sure why, maybe because he has found something new, maybe because he feels like he's lying under a real tree, or maybe it's because of his curiosity about all this Christmas stuff. You know what they say about curiosity and the cat
but at least in this case his curiosity is harmless.
This isn't actually a story about Felix's curiosity. Instead it is about the curiosity of a 14 year old girl who wanted to know so badly what she was getting for Christmas that it got the best of her.
Meet Sister Sleuth...
It was Christmas 1971 and she thought there was no way she could wait until Christmas to see what Santa was bringing her. She knew Mom was helping Santa out that year so therefore the presents had to be hidden somewhere in the house. Sister Sleuth set out to find them.
Searching high and low it didn't take long to find the hidden packages in the back of Dad's closet. There was just one problem...they were already wrapped. Not to be deterred from her mission, Sister Sleuth soon devised her plan. She would unwrap all the presents and then wrap them back just like they were. No one would be the wiser.
With the precision of a brain surgeon she proceeded to skillfully unwrap each present, being especially careful not to tear the paper. Once she had uncovered the hidden treasures she immediately rewrapped each one with the same precision used to unwrap them. Upon returning them to their original hiding place she smugly thought to herself that she had successfully pulled off her mission.
"Harmless curiosity of a kid," you say to yourself. Well, maybe. But without realizing it, she had killed the magic of Christmas. How much fun can it be on Christmas when everyone around you is opening gifts, exclaiming their delight at the surprises found in each opened box but there are no surprises for you? Isn't the anticipation and the joy of the unexpected part of what makes Christmas so exciting and so much fun? I think so.
Maybe curiosity didn't kill the cat, and maybe it didn't really kill Christmas, but, I do believe that particular Christmas had to lose some of it's magic and excitement for Sister Sleuth.
Until next time...that's my view.
Written for week #30 GBE2 prompt - Curiosity