Somehow I got onto trying describe to Sada (5) what luck is.
Since I'm somewhere between an analyst and a statistician - there isn't a whole lot of luck in the world I live in. I did ride a bike for 5 years without a single flat. I sometimes go months and months without a flat but when i get one now - it usually means I'll have 2 more within the following 2 days (this has happened 2 years in a row). I guess I believe more in making my own luck - which is essentially avoiding bad luck via preparation. Before a race I check nearly every bolt on my bike, I check tires a few days prior to the race for leaks and cuts and then I bring 2 of everything within reason.
I once was on a date with a girl where I got hit with food poisoning and had to duck into a public restroom for what seemed like an eternity followed by getting pooped on by a bird immediately after emerging from the restroom. There was no second date. That was bad luck.
I applied to two schools for a 1 year 'exchange' program - UCSD (San Diego) and USF (Tampa, FL). I met a girl who was from Washington at USF who I then visited in Seattle and who I then moved out to be with after graduating school. I got a job at a bike shop in Seattle and met a guy who's wife worked at Microsoft where she eventually got me a job. I met Greta on my 2nd day at Microsoft who I eventually married 2 years later. That was a string of good luck.
Now back to explaining luck to a 5 year old....
I tried to use examples of things to explain luck.
I started with the always popular - if you found $10 on the street that would be good luck, but she really doesn't know what $10 is. So I tried a few more.
She sort of got the hang of it and tried her own:
Sada: how about if a seagull is flying along and all of a sudden a necktie falls around his neck - is that good luck?
Me: why would that be good luck
Sada: well because he would look handsome
I tried again - going for the obvious and said:
Me: how about if you were walking down the street and your leg just fell off - I would think that would be bad luck (not to mention a medical emergency and probably a pretty big issue)?
Sada: no, that would be funny luck.
So I got nowhere.
Then she thinks she got it and tried one more:
Sada: would it be good luck if a dog had a palm tree for a leg?
This is where I gave up parenting for the day.
So next time someone wishes you good luck before a race hope that they aren't forecasting a free necktie landing on you or the sudden growth of a palm tree where your leg used to be.