Runs Deep

Philosophy must run deep in the Hubbell Grandchildren’s genes. Let me introduce you to my almost five year old philosopher, Mary.

Mary and Allen watch a cartoon in the morning called “Superwhy”—Superwhy is designed to teach kids about books, spelling and words through the cartoon and on every episode one of the characters has a “superbig problem” that is solved through the lessons taught in books/fairytails. Well, one day as Mary was watching Superwhy—the main character said something like “Wonder Red found a rainbow in her backyard and doesn’t know where rainbows come from —-this is a superbig problem and to solve our superbig problem, we look in a book.” Mary heard this and with the sincerity and odd maturity that she displays sometimes (and frustrated tone), she said to Greg “why is everything a superbig problem–can’t they just go play on the rainbow?”

Not realizing that the cartoon is designed to “teach” her something—Mary honestly wondered why having a rainbow in your backyard could ever be a “problem”—just play on it! Mary was following in her cousins, Will and Jake’s footsteps. She was teaching her parents and all of us to look at things with a different perspective. What is to many a problem; is also an opportunity, and what greater opportunity than to “play on a rainbow.” She found the pot of gold where others saw a “superbig problem.” She also was teaching us that sometimes we over analyze a Gift from God, there are times when we should just enjoy its presence. Einstein once said,

“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.

Mary reduces Einstein to a few words “Why can’t they just go play on the rainbow.” Will, Jake, and Einstein are proud – Mary.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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