Jamie: Yeah, you're done with public school.
Me: Yeah, but. Students should learn about the history that's in the Bible...and the culture that our dense Christian background comes from....right? Plus there's a bunch of other good stuff...in there. Like literary devicccccc...esss.. And stuff...
Jamie: Mm. Yeah. That's good. But. Why do you care. Care enough, I mean, to write about it in depth. To argue....for it. There are a million other things you could write about. Like Danielle's writing about Jane Eyre. You love Jane Eyre. Write about that.
Me: Mm. I don'know.
Jamie: You don'knowwhwaaat.
Me: It's cold in here. I hate air conditioning.
Jamie: Me freakin' too.
They saunter outside. Mumbling to themselves. Sorting things out. Sit on the cement by grandma's fake beehive. It's so fake.
Me: Maybe I care because I'm going to be a teacher someday.
Jamie: And you would teach the Bible as literature.
Me: If I could, yeah.
Jamie: Would you pound it as hard as, say, Shakespeare? Or other classics?
Me: I don't know. Maybe? Maybe not.
Me: Yeah, I guess I would, if it was considered a credible piece of literature. That my students could reference on an AP exam or something...
Jamie: That's why you care. Because you want your students to reference it on AP exams.
Me: Well not just that. I wish I had studied the Bible as literature throughout school...(I perk up) Wish we had done that in my junior high and high school classes. Or that I could've used it as a reference on my AP tests. (Sourly) Maybe I would've passed them both....
Jamie: Interesting. That's why you care. That's why you're writing about it. That's it.
Me: (Defensively) Yeah. That's it. That's why I care.