Wondering and wandering

It is wonderful to think about the connection between wandering and wondering. ‘Wandering about, he wondered about…’ ‘Wondering, he wandered…’

The connection can be bi-causal:

  • Wondering over X led him to wander about in the library.
  • Wandering into the magical garden caused him to ask, ‘What in the world is that?’

The connection can also be correlative:

  • The more he wonders, the more he wanders about in his imagination.
  • The more he wanders about the country, the more he wonders about what he sees in each new place.

The connection can also be simultaneous:

  • While I was wandering (say, strolling) through the park, I took to wondering about things unrelated to what I observed. I had no place to go and no place to be, and my thoughts followed suit.
  • As I was wondering about the composition of the rocks, my mind wandered toward an idea for an artistic composition.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines wonder (n.) as ‘something that causes astonishment.’ This may be too strong, since wonderment and wondering do not always evoke amazement. Still, could it be that wondering-wandering is a bridge over which we pass to come upon amazement? It is a question to wonder over.