Where This Meets That
I’m out for a walk recently with my 5-year old daughter, Ava.
The sidewalks have been marked with measurements for utility work. Ava’s learning numbers, so she asks me to read each number we pass, “2000, 1000, 500,” and so on.
We work our way down to “0”, which she identifies correctly. I ask her what it means, and she says, “It means ‘nothing’, right?”
“That’s right,” I reply, “It means ‘nothing’. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zippo!”
“Zippo?” she grins and puzzles.
“Yup. Zippo. Means zero.”
We stroll along, and she plays with the word.
“Zippo. Zippo. ZIPPO!”
And, so help me God, she stands and holds up a Zippo lighter!
Now, to varying degrees, coincidences are always cool. I’m always amazed to reflect on how the universe evolved over presumably billions of years to line up in just such a way as to facilitate one coincidence or another. But for my daughter to randomly discover a Zippo brand lighter behind a bush at just the instant I had taught her the word “zippo” left me with nothing more to say.
Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zippo!