One of these days, I recall learning the boring facts about rational numbers, natural numbers, progressions – the infinite list of things built on 0-9! A silly theorem pops up – why don’t I observe and see if day-to-day life events are tied to a simple, numeric progression from zero to nine? My contribution will be an ounce of mindfulness and an ability to derive a correlation. The outcome will be to locate any order in a random, zigzag day.
Zilch – My son arrives from school and declares that he could not convince even a single friend to watch “Life of Pi”. Some were interested hoping that Pi had a fascinating correspondence with mathematics but my enlightened kid removed every bit of excitement, spilling the beans that the movie isn’t about math; it isn’t about the Bengal tiger or the young, adventurous Indian boy but it is about meaning of life – a grownup concept that he and his buddies aren’t equipped to understand since they are all eleven. However his sole intention was to impress them with his mature understanding and not to diffuse their enthusiasm. Well, there you go, I tell him – that is what meaning of life is. Btw, I continue - it was about believing in God and experiences of life. Same thing, my boy shrugs and goes back to his Wii game.
Uno – My doorbell rings once and it is the UPS guy. Usually, he rings the bell a couple of times to get our attention. Today, he only does it once – perhaps he knows about my nonsense experiment.
Dō - I am expecting a single package but two are awaiting my gracious presence outside. The second one has arrived early. I raise my eyebrows.
Trois – I go back online to work, instead, I end up checking my daughter’s scores – a few subjects are updated with near perfect scores. Delighted, a minute later, I realize the number of new score equals three – 3 smiles at me with cupid lips.
Cztery – A crisp afternoon deserves a good cup of tea. However, the gas stove objects to my desire right away. There is some water around the burner but I don’t notice it until on the fourth attempt, it miraculously lights up and the remaining, shinning drops instantaneously evaporate in the blue heat. A pause rests in time.
Pět – While I am sipping my tea, my daughter asks – I have Spanish homework and I am supposed to find five words describing my personality – confident, charming, caring, cool .. what else? Gay – my son turns from his Wii game with a monstrous laugh. What nonsense, she retorts. Why don’t you say something to him? She frowns at me before I can respond. I turn towards him with a menacing stare and he innocently counters – I meant happy; look it up – happy is the literal meaning of gay. Well, he meant happy – use happy – it is the right word. I pacify her without losing control. You mean gay, he shouts back. Quiet – we scream together and sigh simultaneously. She ends up choosing calm.
Shestʹ – If you are done with your homework, let’s watch something on the tube; I suggest: Say yes to the dress but both of them choose Supernatural. I raise my cup of tea and start Netflix. How many episodes are left in this season? I ask my daughter. Six, my son grins at his dexterity before she can answer. I gulp a big sip of tea in response while she taunts – You need to teach him some manners.
Sieben – My son rubs his belly, growing weary of the TV drama – I am starving like never in my life. Well, we eat dinner around seven, seven-thirty, what time is it now? My eyes stay fixated on the TV screen. Seven – my daughter blurts before he does; smiling at her victory. I check the clock – seven pm it is. In the background my son raises his voice – Someone was talking about manners before! Ha! Women!
Kahdeksan – What are we having for dinner? My kids peep into the fridge. I start narrating the choices – roti (indian bread), daal and dry cauliflower sabzi , or we can have paav bhaaji …. Paav Bhaaji – my son declares right away – I am really starving – Hunger changes everything you thought you knew about yourself – he repeats the dialogue from “Life of Pi” – I am changing – feed me to stop changing. Enough – I interrupt him; let me see if we have enough rolls. I spot a single and a half packet of Indian rolls in the refrigerator. Of course, there are eight rolls in all – sufficient for both of them. I smack my lips at this small detail as the butter moves like a freaky cube on the hot skillet.
Jiǔ - Kids get ready to sleep. I feel exhausted after watching three back to back episodes of Supernatural – plenty of gore, vampires and evil spirits for one human evening to handle. Sleep sounds like a perfect angel that I need now. Before I call it a day, I peep into my inbox – nine new e-mails! The ninth email turns out to be a short, loving note from my husband who has been away on a business travel. He mentions that he’d be able to catch an earlier flight. I grin wide forgetting about the numbers, the progressions and everything else I have been trying to make sense of using my stupid theory.
As I stretch next to my son, he rubs his eyes – anything interesting happening? I don’t know, I whisper. I was thinking about …. I stop midway. What – say quickly, I am almost falling asleep; he complains and yawns. I pause momentarily – you know, the number system and the correlation of its sequence to our routine – what do you think? I turn towards him and run my fingers through his hair. A soft snore comes back as a reply. Right, I say under my breath and close my eyes. The tenth day of the eleventh month of the twelfth year in this century comes to an end.
On a not so different note, this is the 100th post (exactly 1000 words) on my blog – nothing random or coincidental here – just an outcome of some plain, ol’ imagination, online thesaurus and a bit of sweat after punching keys for about two and a half years. A small, definite and predictable landmark. However life continues to be random and my disclaimer about it, always is : A work of art in progress – any resemblance to living or dead; people or events and now numeric progression is purely coincidental.
Legend( in truly a random order of choice) – Zilch(0) – English; Uno(1) – Spanish/Italian; Dō(2) – Hindi/Urdu; Trois(3) – French; Cztery(4) -Polish; Pět(5) – Czech; Shestʹ(6) – Russian; Sieben(7) – German; Kahdeksan(8) – Finnish; Jiǔ(9) – Mandarin