"Good morning, Tricia! And how are you today?"
I have a half-second lead time to decide: to be authentic or to give a safe answer.
"You know what?" I pause for a moment. For so many reasons. "I'm very sad today."
"Sad?! Well, that's because the sun isn't shining today. I'm sure that's why."
Actually, it's not. I love grey skies. And you don't have enough in you for me to tell you that I want to pass the parenting baton. Tag the teammate. I don't think I can do the reading log and the math homework tonight. Plus the baths and the fingernails. And the fighting and the silly. I don't want to do this anymore, and today I'm not even striving for excellence. I'm putting one foot in front of the other because that's what needs to happen. So, you know what? You're the one who asked. I'm sad. And too tired to pretend I'm not.
"Well, that just won't do! You're my ray of sunshine! I count on you to bring sunshine into my life!"
Then don't. Don't do that.