|Thea and her best friend Wendy|
Thea: I miss my school. I even miss the cafeteria and the school's mac 'n cheese.
Me: I think it's like when it's winter and you're so sick of the cold and wet weather that you can't wait for a hot, sticky summer. Then summer comes around and you think how refreshing the snow was. It's a reminder that things change, always, and you have to appreciate what you have.
Thea: I like fall best.
Me: Yes, but [start droning on about how change is inevitable and often painful but let us rejoice in the lessons blah blah blah....]
Thea: [exhaling into her hand]
Me: [a little worried that the conversation is too intense and she's getting choked up] Are you okay, sweetie?
Thea: I'm trying to smell my breath!
Me: ... That's nice, dear.