"There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure."
— Mark Twain
ONCE upon a time there was a little boy named Tommy. He was curious and adventurous. He wanted to figure out everything in the world. Which is why he liked to take things apart and put them back together again. If he saw a rainbow he wanted to know how and why it existed. If he saw a machine he wanted to know how it worked. And when he was told that something could not be done because it was impossible, he would silently add, "Yet."
One day, when Tommy was 8, the telephone man came to his house and said to his mother, "Lady, if you want to have two telephones, you have to pay for them."
His mom answered, "We don't have two telephones!"
Unknown to his mother, Tommy had figured out how to make a telephone. He rigged up an old jewelry box of his mother's with wires. He couldn't dial out, but he could listen in on his sister's conversations with her boyfriend.