Me: (sitting down at the kitchen table with a coffee, a pencil and a piece of paper)
Hank: Good morning, mom.
Me: Good morning, buddy. How did you sleep?
Hank: So much better. I slept so well.
Me: Me, too. Once my head hit the pillow I was out of commission.
Hank: What are you doing?
Me: Starting my day with a good ol’ to-do list rather than the news or social media. I have been feeling overly anxious lately so I am going to ease myself into the greater world this morning first tackling these tasks before plugging into the Internet.
Hank: Yes, but you work on the Internet.
Me: The one advantage of being your own boss is…
Hank: Spending your day in your pajamas?
Me: (giggling) The other advantage of being your own boss is setting your own schedule. Today, I will complete this list, feel accomplished and then with that sense of accomplishment I will face the world and maybe by doing so I will feel stronger and less affected by the news and all the other noise of the planet that makes me feel small and powerless.
Hank: No one ever called you dumb.
Me: Oh, but they did.
Hank: They did?
Me: Yes, there was a time I was highly underestimated, but the key is I’m not underestimated anymore.
Hank: Oh, okay. Good job, mom.
Me: Thanks, Hank.