Heaving and gasping through a video exercise routine, I take inspiration from the instructor’s motivational pablum. “I never said this would be easy!” she shouts, and then adds: “I’ve never met an interesting person who had an easy life!” Yeah, that kind of thing works on me; I want to be an interesting person.
Not Daughter though. Overhearing, she scolds from the other room, “That’s toxic!”
Now heaving and gasping and laughing. That works on me too.