There’s a new science out there.
It’s called Gee-Whiz-ology.
You heard it here first.
(Because I just made it up.)
A new science for the New Age.
The study of awe.
As in “awesome.”
Or “wowie zowie.”
We can say that about so many things in life.
The very ordinary becomes extraordinary.
All the time.
To be in awe.
It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Redbird in a bare tree.
The bare tree blooms into a redbud.
Bulbs come up with no prodding.
How do they know?
Ice frosting the pastures.
And the ponds.
And even the barbed wire.
The list goes on…endlessly.
Including infinity itself.
Talk about awesome.
There are infinite reasons to be in awe.
Awe being “a mixed feeling of reverence, fear, and wonder.”
According to trusty Webster, that feeling is “caused by something majestic, sublime, sacred, etc.”
Which causes one to exclaim, “Gee whiz!”
Automatically making one a Gee-Whiz-ologist.
What a fun word.
Such an awful word these days.
It used to mean “full of awe.”
(Awe-full; get it?)
Or “inspiring awe; highly impressive.”
Now awful means something’s no good.
Gee whiz, that’s too bad.
“Gee,” by itself, is a euphemistic contraction from “Jesus.”
And apropos for this reverential new science.
And “whiz,” by itself, is Old Slang for something “strikingly excellent and attractive.”
So there you have it.
An awesome phrase for an awesome reason.
May you go forth.
Full of wonder.
And become a Gee-Whiz-ologist.
The sky’s the limit.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.