One day

I found myself

Staring at the clear blue water

Of the pool

And marveling at the fact

That I could not see

A single drop

All that liquid

In front of me

And my eyes could not distinguish

One single drop —

Just water

*En masse*

So I did some calculations

Using my phone

And my head (only a little) —

I thought,

This pool is 25 yards long.

There are 3 feet in every yard.

Therefore, the pool is 75 feet long.

I figured,

I don’t know the width of each lane

But I know from swimming rules that

Each lane must be at least 7 feet across.

We have 8 lanes

So this pool is approximately 56 feet wide.

And I further reasoned,

The depth of the pool varies.

In the shallow end, it’s 4 feet deep,

And in the deep end it’s 8 feet,

But I’ll use 4 feet —

Just to be conservative.

So, I multiplied 75 x 56 x 4

To arrive at the number that

Minimally expresses the volume,

The number of cubic feet in the pool.

That’s 36,000 cubic feet of water —

Although I know there’s really more

Because of the way the depth changes.

Then, I looked up

How many drops of water

Make up one cubic foot:

566,336.93

So a conservative guess

At the number of drops of water

In that one swimming pool

Is

36,000 x 566,336.93 =

20,388,129,480

Let’s just call it 20 billion drops

And I still can’t see a single one.

Out of curiosity,

I looked up the population

Of the world

According to

The most recent United Nations estimates

In May 2018

There are 7.6 billion people in the world

If people were drops of water

My pool would be little more than 1/3 full

It made me feel small

And large

All at the same time

And I’m not sure why