I had a few good math teachers. Thankfully. Or else I never would have gone anywhere after high school.
I had one that made me love math for at least one class. (that’s an achievement, believe me)
We made a fruit salad.
It was a pretty banal fruit salad as far as fruit salads go. Bananas, grapes, apples, kiwis, oranges.
Although it was tasty (and nutritious) the point of the class was to cut fruit open and count the seeds, spirals and parts of the fruits.
If you’re not familiar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it is a sequence of numbers derived from adding the result of the previous operation to the following one. So 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13, 8+13=21 and so on…
Those numbers are found in nature. In plants, flowers and fruits.
Sitting in class counting seeds in apple hearts felt silly at first. However, it didn’t take long before I started seeing how significant it actually was.
The whole room seemed smaller to me suddenly.
I was a thirteen year old in math class, surrounded by other thirteen year olds, all of us cutting into fruit but I was also a part of this universe. For the first time I was acutely aware of being both at the same time. A student and also a student somewhere on earth in this mysterious universe.
I knew before this moment that they are things who will forever be outside of my comprehension but it never occurred to me that I am one of those things.
In the grand scheme of things I wasn’t sure why I was on this earth just as much as I wasn’t sure why every apple had either 3, 5 or 8 seeds.
I still carry this feeling I got a long time ago in math class.
Last week I got to meet a nice little lady for the first time and I got reminded of that day.
She’s a sweet and soft girl who welcomed me into her life with nothing but the purest love.
I have found this kind of love in some people I’ve met throughout my life but I have experienced it from all the animals I have crossed path with.
I know that like some humans not all animals are inherently inoffensive but when it comes down to it, we are connected in more ways than we think.
I don’t know why we are on this earth but we are on it together.
When I cuddle my cat or any cat, I see the moment for what it is. We are together in a room but we are also two creatures part of this infinite universe.
You may say that faith gives us knowledge in many ways but some questions are simply better served by an open-ended answer.
Everything about the universe is endless and I like it that way.
If there is love in me then surely it must be present in the universe.
Then all the love in the universe is exactly the right amount.
I don’t have anything less than that for the animals that I share this planet with.