(scene opens in cluttered dinning room, Pandemic Homeschool in progress)
Me: (brittle) Delta. Read. It. Out. Loud.
Delta: (weeping) I’m reading it in my mind! (guesses the last half of mit – ten as mit-tul)
Delta: (falls out of chair weeping)
Me: Read. It. Out. Loud. So. You. Can. Hear. The. Word.
Delta: (picks himself up, sits before laptop, repeats process.)
(montage of weeping, but completely silent Delta, failing the entire assignment)
Me: (coping skill failing, checks watch) Okay, time’s up. Take a brain break and we’ll do the next one in fifteen minutes.
(cue fifteen minutes of Edward’s never ending no inner monologue narration interspersed with ridiculous questions)