Scene: Living room in Sunnyside, mid-morning. Children enter and sit down. I shut the laptop and put it on the floor.
Me: I didn't get the Guggenheim.
Lucy: What were you applying for?
Me: (what follows is a heart-felt, if long-winded, description of my project that includes words like "finding the heart of suburbia", "shopping centers as the geographical and spiritual center of communities", and "using gift exchange as a way of transforming Walmart".
Finn: Well, I'm not going with you.
Lucy: If you are going to Walmart, would you get me that loft bed I wanted?