Lily: "What's it all about?"
me: "I don't get it."
Steve: "Maybe she means 'won' like winning or losing?"
Lily: "That's not what I mean."
me: "So what do you mean? Are we talking existential? Numerical? Numerological? Philosophical?"
Lily: [Looks at me like I'm very stupid indeed.] "I'm talking about the number." [pauses and speaks very slowly.] "One... what that about?"
Steve and I: [fumbling a lot] "Um... it's about present versus absent... totality versus partiality... it exists... but it's alone..."
Lily: [Another condescending stare.] "Yeah, but what really bugs me is the name. I mean... ONE. Who got to name it? It shouldn't even HAVE a name. It's a NUMBER."
Steve and I: [give up and look out the window.]
Reviewing the Mail: Week of 11/118
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