“What did you think you were going to be like when you grew up?” asked my friend Kate today, after she told me about how she knew she was going to be lucky, even when she was a little kid. Kate is lucky — she always gets great parking spaces and finds just the kind of shoes her son has been asking for, free on the side of the road. Even if those shoes are the wrong size, she’ll call to tell me about it: Exhibit Q-87 that her life is utterly charmed.

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