Call and Response: What Brandy and Monica can Teach Us About Randomness in Our Lives

When I was a kid, I saw my babysitter’s dad fighting her boyfriend on the street of the cul-de-sac we lived on. He was a fiery Frenchman, the father was, who was nothing but kind to me. One morning, I couldn’t get the keys out of the door lock so I ran over to his place – my babysitter was also our neighbour – to ask him for help. He needed to put his shoes on, obviously, before he could help me. He had a long-handled shoehorn, the first I’d ever seen. I had to run to school after he turned the key a full rotation before pulling it out.

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