my daughter violet, aged 18 months, is playing with the rudiments of counting. she prefers certain numbers though, & as i sit here i can see her pointing at some small pebbles, intoning 2, 3, 6. she does it a few times, these number obviously being the ones she likes, or is confident with.

what does it mean? the larger the number, the less chance you have at any mystical meaning. the single digits are oh so prophetic, but the larger ones get lost in infinity. of course 236 was the year Pope Fabian succeeded Pope Anterus, apparently. this may well prove important. i need to pay attention to these little snippets, & get to the crux of matters just out of reach of the conscious mind. like jack overhearing his sleeping daughter chanting ‘toyota celica’, in Delillo’s White Noise