(scene opens at cluttered dinning room table, Pandemic Homeschool in Progress)
Me: (too through) Okay, next project. Remember the book the teacher read to you this morning in Zoom? Here you have to draw a picture about what makes you “you” and record it.
Delta: (anxious) I don’t know what makes me “me”!
Me: (striving for patience) It can be anything. Anything you like about yourself.
Delta: (thinks) My skin!
Me: (begins to tremble) …..maybe something different?
Delta: If it weren’t for skin, we wouldn’t be human!
Me: (closes eyes, hangs head, submits to the will of the gods) You are technically correct.
Delta: (hums to himself as he beings to draw) Look mommy! I drew my skin! (camera cuts to computer screen showing a flesh colored blob)
Me: (faintly) Great job. Remember to use the microphone to explain what you drew and why it makes you “you”.
Delta: (leans toward lap top, hisses) ….mmmmmyyyyy ssskkkkkiiinnnnnn. (normal voice) Goodbye! (digitally submits assignment) All done mommy! Time for a brain break.
Me: (stares at her coffee) Yes. Quite.