I was taking Zach back to school in Tampa a few days ago and as we were waiting to board our flight, I showed him this blog.
“That’s cool,” he said, glancing at it for a microsecond while checking Facebook on his iPhone.
“You know what?” I asked. “How about I interview you for it?”
“Cool,” he said, while texting with his girlfriend.
“You know, I don’t think I’ve ever asked you this question before,” I began, “which is really incredible and I have no idea what you’re gonna answer.”
“Nobody told me there was gonna be a test,” he cracked. “Okay, shoot.”
“Do you believe in God?”
“I don’t know if I’d call him God or anything,” he answered. “But yeah, I believe that there’s something bigger than us.”
“That’s interesting because you know your mom and I don’t believe, which is why we never forced Hebrew school on you,” I explained. “Why do you believe?”
“I don’t know, I just kinda do. Never really thought about it and can’t really explain it. It’s like I feel that we all need to believe in something, you know?” he said, warming to the subject. “It’s kinda nice knowing you have something to hold on to when times are shitty, and when you can’t always look to the people around you for help, that’s when you can turn to whatever it is you believe in.”
As he was talking, I couldn’t help but think that even though I’m somewhere between agnostic and atheist, Zach’s pretty much the best evidence I’ve ever seen of God’s existence.
“I definitely believe in karma, though,” he continued. “I think if you’re a good person, good shit will happen to you. My friends call it Carlat luck.”
“Gimme some examples.”
“Well, I remember going to Dairy Queen this one time and I forgot my wallet and told them that it was my birthday, and they gave me a free sundae. And like whenever I go to a concert, I somehow always manage to make my way to the front row,” he said. “And my roommate Matt says that it doesn’t make a difference who our new roommate will be and how he’ll definitely be cool ’cause I have Carlat luck.”
I’ve had Carlat luck too, I thought. My father did two stints in prison, my mother died from breast cancer when she was 51, I had testicular cancer when I was in my early thirties, I got divorced when I found out that my wife was having an affair…when it comes to luck, I’m right up there with Lou Gehrig.
Zach has a tattoo on his right shoulder that says “The World Is Yours” (from the Nas song), and underneath it is an illustration of a hand gripping the globe.
“Your tat really says it all, dude,” I told him.
“I know, right?”
“You really are a lucky guy.”
Zach smiled. “Oh”, he said, “and I also have a friendly face.”