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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010

Gee whiz.

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 "golly gee whiz."

We can say that about so many things in life.

The very ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Every day.

All the time.

To be in awe.

It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Redbird in a bare tree.

Bulbs coming up.

Ice frosting the pastures.

And the ponds.

And even the barbed wire.

The list goes on…endlessly.

Including infinity itself.

Talk about awesome.

With infinite possibilities 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 gives one cause to exclaim, "Gee whiz!"

Automatically making one a Gee-Whiz-ologist.

What a fun word.

Unlike "awful."

Such an awful word these days.

It used to mean "full of awe."

Or "inspiring awe; highly impressive."

Now awful means something’s no good.

Unpleasant.

Ugly.

Bad.

Gee whiz.

Gee, by itself, is a euphemistic contraction from "Jesus."

Quite apropos for this reverential new science.

And whiz, by itself, is Old Slang for something "strikingly excellent and attractive."

So there you have it.

Go forth.

Full of wonder.

And you, too, can be a Gee-Whiz-ologist.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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