I don’t remember much about my bio-mom, but there are two recollections of note. One occurred four days after my littermates and I were born. My mom was still tired from birthing us, but as she was lying there nursing her pups she opened an eye and spotted a little beetle crawling among us. She casually arose and stomped on the insect with her formidable paw. As she slumped back down to rest, she said “Sucks to be a litter bug.” The second thing I recall is her teaching us that we will never find anything worthwhile unless we exhibit curiosity. “Discovery belongs to the curious,” she said. As usual, she was right.
And so, as my life has raced along, I have been curious about virtually everything. But I somehow feel that curiosity was always in my nature, and the motherly advice, however well meaning and accurate, was probably unnecessary. If you know my history, you know that curiosity has served me well. I have discovered friends, family, and new adventures everyday. The “find” may simply be a new sight or smell. Or it may be someplace entirely new to visit and explore. Today I was running around at a park when I saw a young boy drop a candy wrapper on the grass. Being curious, I had to run over and sniff it. Then, being helpful, I picked it up and brought it over to the boy, thinking he may still need it. A lady who appeared to be his mother said, “Look Jason. Even that nice dog knows you shouldn’t throw trash on the ground. Now go put it in the trashcan. It sucks to be a litterbug.”
It sounded familiar, but I didn’t see any beetles around. That’s curious.