Gerald was so overwhelmed by the enormity of things that people often thought he was on drugs.

“It’s just that there are so many people in the world. Almost seven billion. I can’t even wrap my mind around it. I mean, I’m just one person, and then you, and him, and her…then all the rest of the people in the building. And you add all the buildings together. I can’t fathom it.”

When Gerald spoke of such high numbers, his gestures grew round and oddly tiny.

“And then there’s the universe. 13.75 billion years old. That’s like, two people living right now for every year of the universe. What does it all mean?”

Gerald’s friends and family quickly learned to distract him with food offerings and video clips when he pondered vastness.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s