Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wundor; akin to Old
High German wuntar wonder
1 a : a cause of astonishment or admiration : MARVEL b : MIRACLE
2 : the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3 a : rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious
or new to one's experience b : a feeling of doubt or uncertainty
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Function: adjective : WONDROUS, WONDERFUL: as a : exciting amazement
b : effective or efficient far beyond anything previously known
The Arches, on the Dargo Road, approximately
eight kilometer outside Briagolong, in East Gippsland, Victoria
was the enchanted world that I was privileged to regularly visit
with my parents, brothers and sister during the 1950's.
We headed off from Maffra, in the Austin,
stopping briefly at the General Store at Briagolong to buy Mrs Hair
an ice-cream. The Arches had no running water or electricity and
my mother recalls that Edna loved ice-cream. It was a challenge
to keep the ice-cream cool until we had navigated the winding eight
kilometer stretch to reach the Arches, but it was a small gift compared
to the gift of wonderment and enchantment that surrounded us during
those regular monthly visits.
The picturesque Freestone Creek emerges
from a rocky outcrop to form the Blue Pools and near this place
of splendid isolation stood the Arches, as they became known throughout
The Arches were the home of Archie and
Edna Hair, an elderly couple with a rare spirit of generosity.
Images courtesy of Brian O'Keefe
Archie had a wooden box, the contents
of which were a source of fascination. He called it his box of wonderment
and in it he kept things that he had collected from the bush. He
called the bits and pieces of debris that he gathered wonders. And
wondrous they were. He held us captivated as he regaled a story
that was associated with a rock, tiny fragments of pebbles, a prized
This section of the Chocolate Box is
a tribute to Archie and Edna who filled me with wonder and whose
magic is continuing to be woven over forty years later.
Some of the contents of Archie's Box of Wonders - courtesy of Brian
Take an item from the Box of Wonderment,
pehaps the mountain egg waiting to hatch and tell a story.
Create a Box of Wonderment and share
your stories on one of the forums here at Soul Food.
Sit under The
Listening Tree, another of Archie's wonders.
Learn more about the world of Archie
and Edna Hair by reading The
Using the definition of wonder to kick
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