Telling the Story of Us

14 min

It's 5 to 9!

-They must change their zip code a lot.

-It happens as we speak.

Look. 91 604. 91 604.

-Pass it.

-Their mailman must go crazy.

The kids will miss their bus.

Up on the second floor!

Somebody's about to use the bathroom!

We're in the line of fire!

Would you just pass

the goddamn house?!

Look, the house is making a right.

When I was in college,

we had to write a term paper.

It was for some philosophy course

I was taking...

...on any book we considered... be the one that best depicted

how we viewed the world.

I remember some people picking books

by the great thinkers... Kierkegaard and Plato.

Some kids chose the Bible.

I did my paper on

Harold and the Purple Crayon.

It's a small book

about a little boy...

...who draws the world

the way he wants it to be...

...with his magic crayon.

And I just loved that book because... was about everything

that I wasn't.

You wanna write crossword puzzles?

That's a job somebody wants to do?

And you'd get paid to do this?

So you know stuff like

Ra is the sun god.

And the symbol for radium

and the abbreviation for regular army.

Should I be impressed or terrified?

I find it soothing and reassuring...

...because you know

there are always answers.

Yeah, but not to the really

big questions like:

"Does God exist?"

"What is the meaning of life?"

"Why does my pee smell funny

when I eat asparagus?"

Aspartic acid, hence the name.

And this soothes you?

Yes, since you'll never find

the answers to the big questions...

...there's a comfort in finding

the answers to the little ones.

When you finish, there's this...

...wonderful sense

of closure, knowing...

...that that little world

on that half-page is complete.

You left yourself wide open.

Come to Papa!

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