I apologize. I'm leaving faithful readers hanging again. But the end to my Soap Opera Sunday series "Clever Trevor" has been tricky to get just right, and it's not there yet. So today, I offer you instead a summary of a scene that occurred here just this morning.
Tess (coloring at the table, wanting to label the picture she's just drawn): Remind me how to spell 'mom?'
Me (normally would ask her to sound it out, but momentarily distracted while carefully folding egg whites into cake batter): M-O-M.
Tess (speaking as she writes): N...O. (surveys work, smiles happily with 'aha' moment): Oh, that makes sense!
Me: No! I mean....(Bows head in defeat.)