What is the probability that family would sit beside a reporter with a photographic memory who could draw a street map to almost any restaurant in the city on the back of a DTE envelope, especially those within walking distance of the hospital? - Pizza House and Cottage Inn, Blimpy's for burgers, Angelos for breakfast and lunch; Zingerman's for a good deli sandwich and peanut butter and jelly for the little boy, Argieros for family-style Italian. Churches within walking distance of the hospital for Easter services—St. Thomas, First United Methodist, First Baptist . . .? One of the best playgrounds for a three-year-old—beside Fuller Pool?
Being a living, breathing database of local information had never felt more useful than at that moment.
And I couldn't help wondering what the probability was that a family that was going to have a disabled child would be assigned by chance to seats beside someone who knows that journey - one who could briefly share what it might be like?
I used to be married to a professor of statistics. I didn't have to write the equation to know the probability of all these coincidences was incredibly low.